House of Longing

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Author
Tara Calaby
Publisher
Text Publishing
Genre
Fiction
Released
30 May, 2023
ISBN
9781922790286

House of Longing

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Synopsis

Charlotte has always known she is different. Where other young women see their destiny in marriage and motherhood, the reclusive Charlotte wants only to work with her father in his stationery business; perhaps even run it herself one day. Then Flora Dalton bursts through the shop door and into Charlotte’s life—and a new world of baffling desires and possibilities seems to open up to her.

But Melbourne society of the 1890s is not built to embrace unorthodoxy. When tragedy strikes and Charlotte is unmoored by grief, she finds herself admitted to Kew Lunatic Asylum ‘for her own safety’.

There she learns that women enter the big white house on the hill for many reasons, not all of them to do with lunacy. That her capacity for love, loyalty and friendship is greater than she had ever understood. And that it will take all of these things—along with an unexpected talent for guile—to extract herself from the care of men and make her way back to her heart’s desires.

A compulsively readable historical romance, House of Longing combines an effortless instinct for narrative with impeccable research, lightly worn. House of Longing is the debut of a major talent.

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Compulsively Readable Historical Fiction: Read an Extract from House of Longing by Tara Calaby

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8 June 2023

Compulsively Readable Historical Fiction: Read an Extract from House of Longing by Tara Calaby

    An Irresistible Sapphic Romance: Read Our Review of House of Longing by Tara Calaby

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    7 June 2023

    An Irresistible Sapphic Romance: Read Our Review of House of Longing by Tara Calaby

      Tara Calaby
      About the author

      Tara Calaby

      Tara Calaby lives in Gippsland with her wife and far too many books. She is currently a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, researching the social worlds of women in Victorian lunatic asylums. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, attempting to learn Danish, and patting other people’s dogs. House of Longing is her debut novel.

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