- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Inherited is a selection of nineteen beautifully crafted short stories that capture the ebb and flow of human relations.
These are stories concerned with the gifts and burdens we inherit from the world and those we love, and the traces we leave behind.
Amanda Curtin’s characters range from the odd and quirky to the heartbreakingly ordinary: a dancer in a wheelchair, a collector of corks, one woman seduced by a mountain and another by Freddo Frogs, a sound designer stealing the sound of a room, a photographer distilling grief in his lens, a man who hears his dead wife’s voice, a poet whose voice has disappeared.
Praise for Inherited:
Not a word is wasted in these stories: they surprise, delight and move the reader. Each opening line is inventive, compelling; each conclusion satisfies.SPECTRUM
Only an experienced editor (for two decades Curtin’s day job) could understand how to achieve such graceful economy of utterance. Only a born writer – the kind of novelist who produced a debut assured as 2008’s [The] Sinkings – could make those few words count.GEORDIE WILLIAMSON, CHIEF LITERARY CRITIC, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN