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Charlotte Wood

The Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

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Format: Paperback
Length: 336 pages
Publication date: 22 August 2019
Publisher: Orion

'The Handmaid's Tale for our age' 

She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to know where I am.'The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.'"

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken down property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be therewith eight other girls, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious jailers. Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man.

They pray for rescue but as the hours turn into days and the days into weeks and months, it becomes clear only the girls can rescue themselves.

Praise for The Natural Way of Things

'Savage: think Atwood in the outback' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

'An unforgettable reading experience' Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies

'Ferocious... recalls the early Elena Ferrante' NPR

'A masterpiece' Guardian

'Devastating' Economist

Winner, 2016 Stella Prize

Winner, 2016 Indie Book of the Year Award

Winner, Fiction Book of the Year, 2016 Indie Book Award

Winner, 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction

Winner, Reader's Choice, 2016

ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Shortlisted, 2016

Miles Franklin Literary Award

Shortlisted, 2016 ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award

Longlisted, 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

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