Holly lives a simple life in America when a Facebook message from across the seas and decades brings her past hurtling back, a past of trauma, abuse and terrible sadness. As she slowly excavates her life, as Holly, as Jo, as Maggie, we explore the courage and desperation it takes to reinvent a life once, twice, thrice. A book of great empathy, heartbreak and devastating beauty, Jennifer Down's Bodies of Light asks how much trauma a person can bear, and how one can find a way to live with it.
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Jennifer Down is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Age, The Saturday Paper, Australian Book Review and Literary Hub. Her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Her second book, Pulse Points, was the winner of the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the 2018 Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection in the Queensland Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for a 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Her new novel is Bodies of Light.