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Tarcutta Wake

In short vignettes and longer stories, Josephine Rowe explores the idea of things that are left behind: souvenirs, scars, and prejudice.

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A mother moves north with her young children, who watch her and try to decipher her buried grief.

Two photographers document a nation’s guilt in pictures of its people’s hands.

An underground club in Western Australia plays jazz to nostalgic patrons dreaming of America’s Deep South.

A young woman struggles to define herself among the litter of objects an ex-lover has left behind.

Rowe captures everyday life in restrained poetic prose, merging themes of collective memory and guilt, permanence and impermanence, and inherited beliefs. These beautifully wrought, bittersweet stories announce the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian fiction.

Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe is an Australian writer of short fiction, poetry and essays. Her story collections include How a Moth Becomes a Boat and Tarcutta Wake, which was longlisted for the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Iowa Review, Best Australian Poems, Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Five Dials, Australian Poetry Since 1788 and Harvard Review. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University.