For readers who like their Aussie literarture, and good writing. Roland lives with his parents, Graham and Joyce, and his younger sister, Lily, in the golden light of a leafy outer suburb - Glenella. He dreams of escaping, of finding an intoxicating life somewhere else. He is fascinated by Cassie Noble, who lives down the road with her brash parents, Colleen and Reg. But when Darren Wilson moves into the neighbourhood with his Triumph motorcycle, everything changes. After his brilliant debut, The Vintage and the Gleaning, Jeremy Chambers' new novel, Suburbia, is a revelation - a coming-of-age drama about the end of innocence set in a baffling world of hardwood fences and fragrant lawns, amid the flickering light of memory and desire.
`Chambers's writing feels fresh and his descriptive language renders Glenella in sombre beauty.' * Books+Publishing * `This terrific Australian first novel is set in a working world. Smithy is an old man on his last legs, labouring in a vineyard. He notices the beauty of the land around him. He notices and observes the people around him and is haunted by the sudden clarity of his past. He steps in to help Charlotte, a desperate young woman, and she gives a little purpose to his life. Chambers writes very powerfully about the sadness of memory.' -- The Times * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `Chambers' understated account of a retired sheep shearer in a small Australian town deserves a wide readership...The rhythms of this life, the work, the terse banter among the men, and the relentless desperation...are economically conveyed...and the descriptions of ghost gums, the malignancy of circling crows and the omnipresent bleached, exhausted landscape are superb.' -- Guardian * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `A small gem of a book. The content is secondary to the style which is simple, pared down and precise. However this does give the novel a slight feeling of airlessness as you tiptoe through pages of beautiful prose, nodding in admiration at lovingly rendered descriptions.' -- Time Out UK * The Vintage and Gleaning * `One of the best evocations I've read of both the hard beauty of Australia's warm wine landscapes and the hard urgency of Australian male drinking culture.' -- Australian Magazine * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `A beautiful, harrowing novel.' * Australian * `Without a doubt the most distinguished first novel by an Australian writer I have read for a long time...by turns harsh and lyrical, satiric and compassionate, and ultimately tragic.' -- Sydney Morning Herald * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `Beautifully written and sketching the Australian landscape and weather conditions with authenticity and insight, there's a mood of nihilism as in Albert Camus' The Outsider, stirred with the descriptive prose of Tim Winton in Dirt Music...a rewarding read.' -- Courier Mail * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `A beautiful, harrowing novel about lives wasted and awry.' -- Australian Literary Review * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `The Vintage and the Gleaning impresses with a visceral appreciation for the routines of work...the true voice of Chambers' resonantly Faulknerian saga comes through the minutely detailed, deeply authentic evocation of work life among the vines, in the sharing shed and in a plethora of country pubs.' -- Adelaide Advertiser * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `The novel's lengthy passages of dialogue instill the book with a sharp playfulness; Chambers could have a future not only as a novelist but also as a dramatist.' -- Weekend Australian * The Vintage and the Gleaning * The gentle title belies the tough beauty of Chambers' prose. This novel is written with sinewy strength. It creates its characters with small but powerful gestures. They are gloriously understated. The Vintage and the Gleaning speaks quietly to powerful effect. It is a book whose silences are golden. It is both perceptive and compassionate. It understands the hard stuff and embraces hard people. -- Age * The Vintage and the Gleaning * 'There's a lyricism in the language and a depth to the emotions laid bare here that's utterly irresistible. Add to that a genuine and honest depiction of Australian working men and what you have is quite a remarkable novel...The Vintage and the Gleaning is an impressive novel, one which many seasoned writers would be proud to call their own. That it comes from a first-time novelist is astounding.' -- Canberra Times * The Vintage and the Gleaning * `A highly accomplished and rewarding work.' * Australian Bookseller + Publisher The Vintage and the Gleaning * `This is one of the most irresistible novels I've read in a long time. The writing is powerful, challenging and utterly authentic. I feel as if I've been waiting for years to read this strangely beguiling novel.' -- Alex Miller * The Vintage and the Gleaning *
Jeremy Chambers is the author of The Vintage and the Gleaning (2010) which was shortlisted for a number of awards. Born in 1974, he lives in Melbourne. Suburbia is his second novel.