“This thoughtful autobiographical work by an award-winning Australian novelist” chronicles a young author’s adventuresome coming of age (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
In this epic yet intimate autobiographical novel, acclaimed Australian author Alex Miller returns to his fictional alter ego Robert Crofts, the subject of his debut work, Watching the Climbers on the Mountain. To flee his abusive father in the years after World War II, sixteen-year-old Robert leaves his childhood home in London for the Australian Outback. After a sojourn there, Robert moves to cosmopolitan Melbourne where he meets Lena Soren, the woman who becomes the true center of his life.
As their intimacy deepens, Lena struggles to free herself from the familial demands and social norms that suffocate her. Very much in love, Robert follows Lena to the end of the earth and back again as their relationship nourishes both his artistic aspirations and her ever stronger sense of self.
The Passage of Love is the story of a young man discovering his calling, a young woman pursuing her own destiny, and a modern country struggling to define itself through shifting mores.
Praise for The Passage of Love A rich addition to the growing shelf of autofiction from a seasoned storyteller." - Kirkus (Starred Review)" The Passage of Love is a gift . . . It is an observation, a sharing of knowledge, and a transcript of a life lived with yearning. The Passage of Love is quite extraordinary." - Chris Gordon, Readings "Miller's story is long, intense, and vital." - Geordie Williamson, Australian Book Review "A love letter to the craft of writing . . . A great read, with profound insights into the nature of love and creativity." - Nicole Abadee, Australian Financial Review "A near masterpiece of autobiographical fiction." - Stephen Romei, The Weekend Australian "
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