Peter Carey with Pam McClusky
One of the most acclaimed writers in the world today, two-time Booker Prize-winning Australian fiction writer Peter Carey makes this most welcome Elliott Bay return. The author of thirteen previous novels, which have also received prestigious honors, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, among them, he manages to make each novel distinct and different from his others. There’s been no phoning it in. Case in point is the remarkable novel he is here for tonight, A Long Way from Home (Knopf), which uses a 1950s endurance car race around Australia to tell stories of that, but also to inquire into Aboriginal identity and the legacy of that identity’s theft.
“This picaresque comedy goes thematically deeper as it heads into the Outback. The antic tone of this 14th novel by Australian-born Carey belies its serious ambition. The comic spirit slyly suggests Shakespeare, an inquiry into identity and the farcical human existence. . . . Carey’s novel raises issues of culture and race that carry a thoroughly contemporary charge.” —Kirkus Reviews.
“A moving meditation on multiple forms of paternal failure and the culture of racism that have shaped modern Australia. To give away more would risk spoiling the genuine pleasures.” —Patrick Flanery, The Spectator (UK).
With Peter Carey for the conversation portion of the evening will be Pam McClusky, curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Seattle Art Museum, and author of several books. This should be a delight.