Dark Roots

By Cate Kennedy


In these sublimely sophisticated tales, Cate Kennedy opens up worlds of finely observed detail.

Her stories are populated by people at tipping points in their lives – moments that find them poised between a familiar past and an unfamiliar future. A cancer sufferer boards a plane with three kilos of cocaine in her luggage; a neglected wife plans an unsavoury revenge on her boorish husband; a married couple realise their too-tight wedding rings may symbolise wider aspects of their relationship. Heartbreaking, evocative and richly comic, Dark Roots unveils the traumas that incite us to desperate measures, and the coincidences that drive our lives.

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