The Strays by Emily Bitto

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On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work at their family home.

Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it. As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it's not Evan but his own daughters who pay the price for his radicalism.

The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.


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Published August 15, 2016 by Audible Studios.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It's a world that Lily wants to be part of and yet, looking back, realises that almost from the start she was observing it rather than living it.

Feb 24 2018 | Read Full Review of The Strays

This 1930s-set debut novel features young Lily, wowed by her new friend's bohemian household, which in

Aug 01 2016 | Read Full Review of The Strays

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