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Kathryn speaks to ABC Nightlife about ‘Storm and Grace’

Anna MacDonald reviewed Storm and Grace in the Australian Book Review, writing:

“Like Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things (2015), it is an indictment of the complicity of the media and other forms of representation – film, chick lit, ‘[a]ll that Fifty Shades shit’ – in setting standards of women’s behaviour, especially as it pertains to romantic love…. What distinguishes Storm and Grace is its narrative voice and reliance upon mythological forms of storytelling. This book is about the stories we tell ourselves and others… most inventive… the story is told by a chorus of vengeful, Fury-like sirens, women who have suffered violently at the hands of men, and who imbue the story of Grace and Storm’s relationship with a sense of foreboding. These women lend the novel its narrative depth. Their siren song is a warning of the threat of gendered violence, but also, and perhaps most importantly, of the potentially lethal consequences of the kind of romantic love represented in this book….Storm and Grace, which should be read as employing (romantic) tropes in order to expose them for what they are: dangerous harbingers of terrible love.”

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