Greater City Shadows

Greater City Shadows

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Laurie Steed

Shortlisted for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award


A man treads water in the Swan River, hoping to bring his friend back to shore. Three siblings gaze skyward seeking a comet among the stars. A mother and daughter grapple with their fraught relationship and an inappropriate birthday cake. Bushfires sweep a Perth suburb while a woman, still burnt from a previous relationship, lessens the divide between an individual and their community.

In Greater City Shadows, Laurie Steed shines a light on the tremendous complexity and beauty of everyday relationships. From unrequited first love and burnt flames of the past to early parenthood stresses and tense friendships. These short stories are vulnerable and tender – a captivating collection reminding us that to be connected is to be human.


Praise for Greater City Shadows

‘Evocative and engaging, Greater City Shadows shows how the short story form, in the hands of a skilful writer, can offer profound insights into people’s inner and outer lives.’ – Susan Midalia

‘Timely, tender and true, Greater City Shadows is a superb collection of stories.‘  – Ryan O’Neill

‘What a generous, smart collection ... Steed’s stories are funny, surprising and full of heart.’ – Laura Elvery

‘Tender and heart-rending, this collection will appeal to readers who enjoyed Wayne Marshall’s Shirl and Chris Somerville’s We Are Not the Same Anymore.’ – Sonia Nair, Books+Publishing

‘[T]he short story is the form where [Steed] truly excels.‘  – Emily Paull, The Au Review


'Laurie Steed has crafted short stories which are as poignant and emotionally moving as they are insightful.'  – Rod McLary, Queensland Reviewers Collective

Most impressive perhaps is Steed’s ability to emphasise not just relationships between people but between the individual and the greater universe. – Will Yeoman, WritingWA


‘Steed is a precise writer, vivid and full of hyperlocal detail on suburban life around the turn of the millennium. – Cameron Woodhead and Fiona Capp, Sydney Morning Herald


It’s no small feat to make readers invest in characters in such a short time, but Steed achieves it at every blow. His skill is undeniable, and the collection is a worthy achievement. Greater City Shadows is a hopeful, smart collection. – David Burton, ArtsHub


Book details

PUBLICATION DATE: 1 February 2024

EXTENT: 220 pages

FORMAT: B+ format paperback, 210x140mm, 0.5kg

ISBN: 978-1-76080-269-1


CATEGORY: fiction, short-stories

PRICE: $29.99 AUD incl GST