The Lonely City

 

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Overview of the Story

Australia has been emptied of people by a devastating fever. Slowly the cities are being eaten by the bush. Dario, a youth from a surviving community to Sydney’s north, tracks the fugitive Max into the empty city. Amidst these collapsing ruins he finds a desperate family whose daughter, Abigail, has disappeared, they believe kidnapped by marauders. The family want a peaceful existence, Dario wants honour and justice. Aligning himself with them, Dario learns that honour can take many forms. Through the example of the younger generation, Abigail’s parents learn that life is continuing and they must continue with it. 

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The Lonely City

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The Author: Jeanell Buckley

Jeanell Buckley writes speculative, literary and historical fiction. She is a Varuna Writer’s Centre finalist for her novel Citizens of Stone and winner of the Commendation for Academic Excellence (Macquarie University). Her next project is a series set in Sydney locations. Her interest is the impact of landscape on narrative. 

To contact email: Jeanell.buckley@gmail.com.

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