Heavy Reserve Alert — ‘Disquiet’

Attention has been growing quietly for the brief (128 page) November original trade paperback, the second novel by Australian author, Julia Leigh, Disquiet.

Liesl Schillinger, regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review, told the Huffington Post that it was one  of two books she most wanted to “gift” at Christmas, calling it,

…a dark jewel of a novella…about a woman who returns (uninvited) to her mother’s French chateau, children in tow, fleeing her brutish Australian husband (I wish Edward Gorey were still alive to illustrate the story–it cries out for sinister animation)

Entertainment Weekly picked it as one of their ten favorite fiction titles of the year, saying ” Leigh’s memorably creepy novella is as potent as it is petite.”

Reviews continue to appear, two months after publication date (USA Today reviewed it last week. The New Yorker reviews it this week; one of the few dissenting voices, but it’s significant that they felt they had to cover it).

Libraries own it in small quantities (one copy for the largest branches) and reserves are building (eight to one in some cases).


Leigh, Julia 

  • Paperback: $13; 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (November 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 014311350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143113508

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