Following heartbreak, self-absorbed young Melbourne boy Will flees to New York in search of adventure and forgetting. When wild hedonism doesn’t help, and with his visa and money fast running out, Will finds himself in Littleproud, Ohio, working for Wayne Gage, Vietnam veteran, amateur shaman and collector of exotic animals. Emily Bitto’s follow up to her Stella Award-winning The Strays is a clever, complex tale, full of opulent writing and meditations on human nature and our relationship with the natural world.
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Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The Strays, was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize and her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has appeared in publications including Meanjin, TheAge, TheMonthly and The Saturday Paper. Wild Abandon is her second novel. Emily is also the co-owner of Carlton wine bar Heartattack and Vine.
Nicole Abadee writes about books for Good Weekend, appears regularly at writers’ festivals and other literary events and has a books podcast, Books, Books, Books. Nicole is also a literary consultant, helping writers to polish their work and to get published.