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Camille's Bread/Lohrey, Amand/Paper/0732258731/S037-E
After too many nights of take-away pizzas, Marita wants just one year off to look after her daughter, Camille. Then she meets Stephen, a public servant in the complex process of reinventing himself, training as a shiatsu masseur. As their relationship grows, so does the drama of parenting Camille, in this elegantly crafted, warmly appealing novel of contemporary Australian life.
Camille's Bread was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award, the Colin Roderick Award, the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Fiction, the 3M Talking Books Award, and the Commonwealth Writer's Award Regional Prize. It is winner of the ALS Gold Medal and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.
"A novel about love and noodles, dreams and responsibilities. Amanda Lohrey explores with wit and compassion two connected impulses - the search for a meaning to life and something good to eat. A contemplative, wry and tender book." - Philippa Hawker, Marie Claire.
"Like a well-baked cake, it's even, rich in texture, and leaves the reader feeling replete. A delight." - Kate Iffland, Canberra Times.
"A complex yet totally, seductively readable novel... Brilliantly detailed, blackly comic." - Paul Salzman, Australian Book Review.
"This is a tale of boy meets girl in the ironic 1990s, where romance is hard to find and harder to sustain... Lohrey's satisfying fusion of story and ideas makes Camille's Bread a winner." - Robin Lucan, The Bulletin.
"A rare thing in Australian literature, it is a novel that offers both intellectual and emotional satisfaction." - Fiona Capp, The Age.
"A highly engaging work of fiction... with some wonderful characters, excellent dialogue (and) a lot of wry humour." - Elizabeth Webby, The Age.
"A wry but moving, beautifully written novel about the fragility of love, the wiles of children and the importance of food." - Geoffrey Dutton, Sydney Morning Herald.