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Krissy Kneen - Wintering

Krissy Kneen  (Photo credit: Anthony Mullins)

Krissy Kneen (Photo credit: Anthony Mullins)

When Jessica’s partner disappears into the dark Tasmanian forest, there is of course the mystery of what happened to him—the deserted car, the enigmatic final image recorded on his phone. There is the strange circle of local women, widows of disappeared men, with their edgy fellowship and unhinged theories. And the forest itself: looming hugely over this tiny settlement on the remote tip of the island.

Rich and beautiful prose...Wintering is a story of survival and strength, and that’s what makes it so easy to read and to recommend.
— The Lifted Brow

But for Jessica there is also the tight community in which she is still a stranger and Matthew was not. What secrets do they know about her own life, that she doesn’t. And why do they believe things that should not—cannot—be true. For her own sanity, Jessica needs to know two things. Who was Matthew? And who—or what—has he become?

A triumph…One of Kneen’s greatest strengths is her ability to write with humour, pathos, sadness, joyousness and candour in equal measure…Wintering is a fine addition to an already impressive body of work.
— Sydney Morning Herald

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir—Affection—and fiction: An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television.

Meet the Stella-shortlisted author of Wintering to discuss this supernatural thriller and exploration of the legacy of male violence.

In conversation with Karen Viggers

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or juice)



Born in Melbourne and raised in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories, Karen Viggers went on to study veterinary science at Melbourne University before working in practice for several years. She completed a PhD in wildlife health, and since then she has worked on a wide range of Australian native animals, including kangaroos. Karen loves landscapes, wild places, people and animals. She is the author of four novels: The Stranding, The Lightkeeper's Wife, The Grass Castle and the recently released, The Orchardist’s Daughter.

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