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The Animals in that Country

August 6, 2020
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I’ve never read anything like this.

Laura Jean McKay‘s novel is like anthropomorphism on steroids… I loved it.

A strange pandemic is moving outwards from Australian cities (timely) and infected people can understand animals. This should be fascinating, but what the animals are saying isn’t that nice, and people are losing their minds.

Jean, the central character, is a hard-drinking, bad-mouthed granny with attitude. To find her granddaughter, Jean travels across Australia with a dingo riding shotgun. ‘Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.’

Describing this original and thought-provoking book is difficult. Ceridwen Dovey, author of the wonderful Only the Animals says, ‘This is a game-changing, life-changing novel, the kind that comes along right when you need it, and compels you to listen to its terrifying poetry … I don’t think any reader can ever forget a voice like Sue the dingo’s — wise and obscene in equal measure. A triumph.’ – Scribe.

The Animals in that Country is compelling reading in these strange and challenging times. If you read it, let me know what you think.


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