Love & Virtue by Diana Reid

Love & Virtue by Diana Reid

Feminism, power and sex play out through the eyes of young Australian uni students in a contemporary narrative that is fiercely authentic.

Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 
Winner of the ABIA Book of the Year Award
Winner of the ABIA Award for Literary Fiction of the Year
Winner ABA Booksellers Choice Award for Fiction
Winner of the MUD Literary Prize
Shortlisted for The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year for Fiction
Shortlisted Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction
Shortlisted ABIA Matt Richell Award New Writer of the Year

Whenever I say I was at university with Eve, people ask me what she was like, sceptical perhaps that she could have always been as whole and self-assured as she now appears. To which I say something like: 'People are infinitely complex.' But I say it in such a way"so pregnant with misanthropy"that it's obvious I hate her.

Michaela and Eve are two bright, bold women who befriend each other their first year at a residential college at university, where they live in adjacent rooms. They could not be more different; one assured and popular – the other uncertain and eager-to-please. But something happens one night in O-week – a drunken encounter, a foggy memory that will force them to confront the realities of consent and wrestle with the dynamics of power.

Initially bonded by their wit and sharp eye for the colleges' mix of material wealth and moral poverty, Michaela and Eve soon discover how fragile friendship is, and how capable of betrayal they both are.

Written with a strikingly contemporary voice that is both wickedly clever and incisive, issues of consent, class and institutional privilege, and feminism become provocations for enduring philosophical questions we face today.


RRP: $24.99





Love & Virtue

by Diana Reid


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