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Hawthorne, Susan

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Title: Limen

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: PAP

Book Condition:New

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When two women and a dog set off on a holiday, they have no inkling of what’s to come. They wake to find the river has crept up silently during the night. Trapped by floodwater, they devise escape routes only to be faced with more obstacles at every turn. Only the dog remains calm. This poetic novella grips you with its language, its pace, and its anxieties. The word limen is defined as “a threshold below which a stimulus is not perceived.” In Susan’s Hawthorne’s verse novel, there is the threat of the rising waters—the women’s safety is above the threshold of perception. This definition feeds the suspense and tension of this book. However, the word also suggests a transition, a state, a threshold between earth and sky, between day and night, between water and heat, survival and drowning—and it is these paired states, together with many more that also drive narrative.

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Susan Hawthorne is a poet, a novelist, an adjunct professor in the writing program at James Cook University, and the cofounder and director of Spinifex Press. She is the author of 10 books, including The Butterfly Effect, Earth’s Breath, Unsettling the Land, and Valence. Her poetry collection Cow was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and was also a finalist in the 2012 Publishing Triangle Awards for the Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize in the United States. Earth’s Breath was shortlisted for the 2010 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in annual Best Australian Poems anthologies, been broadcast on National Radio, and published around the world in literary journals and anthologies. In 2013 she is the literature resident at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome.

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