Sydney’s inner city is very much its own place, yet also a stand in for gentrifying inner-city suburbs the world over. Here, four young housemates struggle to untangle their complicated relationships while a poignant story of loss, grieving, and recovery unfolds.
The nameless narrator of this story has recently lost her father and now her existence is split in two: she conjures the past in which he was alive and yet lives in the present, where he is not. To others, she appears to have it all together, but the grief she still feels creates an insurmountable barrier between herself and others, between the life she had and the one she leads.
Wry, relatable, lyrical, and beautifully told, a book about politics, desire, youth, relationships and friends, Friends and Dark Shapes introduces a bold new Australian voice to American readers.
Kavita Bedford is an award-winning Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology, and literature. She was a 2018 Churchill Fellow exploring migrant and refugee narratives, and was the former Editor of The Point Magazine, exploring the impact of overseas conflict on diaspora communities. She is the creative producer of a grassroots storytelling project, Mapping Frictions: Stories from Western Sydney. Friends and Dark Shapes is her first novel.