The Forrests

Publisher: Bond Street Books

Dorothy Forrest is immersed in the sensory world around her; she lives in the flickering moment. From the age of seven, when her odd, disenfranchised family moves from New York City to the wide skies of Auckland, to the very end of her life, this is her great gift and possible misfortune. Through the wilderness of a commune, to falling in love, to early marriage and motherhood, from the glorious anguish of parenting to the loss of everything worked for and the unexpected return of love, Dorothy is swept along by time. Her family looms and recedes; revelations come to light; death changes everything, but somehow life remains as potent as it ever was, and the joy in just being won't let her go. In a narrative that shifts and moves, growing as wild as the characters, The Forrests is an extraordinary literary achievement. A novel that sings with colour and memory, it speaks of family and time, dysfunction, ageing and loneliness, about heat, youth, and how life can change if 'you're lucky enough to be around for it'.

PRAISE FOR

“[Perkins’s] hypnotically beautiful prose sculpts the simplicity of the childhood-to-deathbed plot of one woman’s ordinary existence into something extraordinary. . . . There’s something decidedly Woolfian in Perkins’s narrow focus and her episodic and fragmentary style.”
The Daily Beast

“Emily Perkins' sumptuous new book, The Forrests, is a novel to savour slowly: line by line, character by character, revelation by revelation. Within a few pages I felt I was in the company of a contemporary Katherine Mansfield or Virginia Woolf.” 
The New Zealand Herald
 
“Perkins is a writer who takes us completely into the moment . . .”
The Sunday Times
 
“Between the short story and the novel, Perkins gets the best of both worlds. It is a daring experiment that comes off, as safe and assured, almost inevitable, as if this is the only way such a story could be written.”
The Sydney Morning Herald

“To read any page of Emily Perkins’s new novel The Forrests is like swapping your ancient VHS player for the latest high-definition Blu-ray disc. Where other novelists approximate, Perkins renders her action with pin-sharp accuracy.”
The Sunday Times

“Perkins writes with soft beauty and brings out both the serenity and the strains of growing up, growing old and facing the lives we’ve made.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“. . . Perkins knows how to artfully reveal her characters’ inner machinations as they cope with whatever comes their way.”
Publishers Weekly