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Good Grief

Fri 9 Sep, 4.30pm

Melbourne writers Isobel Beech and Victoria Hannan echo a rich tradition of writing about loss with their highly anticipated latest novels. They speak with Jaclyn Crupi about their singular stories that meditate on the ripple effects of grief and the restorative power of love and friendship. Beech’s debut, Sunbathing, follows a woman’s journey to Italy in the aftermath of a parent dying by suicide. Hannan’s second novel, Marshmallow, is the tale of five friends dealing with a shocking death.


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