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A novel

Tracy Crisp

Rachael Carter, a young nurse, is asked to house-sit by a colleague she barely knows. Dr Cate O'Reilly is travelling to Vietnam with her husband to adopt a baby. Before long the request has changed. The couple need a surrogate.

Rachael sees an opportunity to leave her own troubles behind, but is soon caught up in new struggles, both sexual and psychological. She discovers that this couple will do anything to see their dream of a child fulfilled.

Surrogate is an unflinching depiction of the issues around motherhood, both past and present, by a writer at the peak of her talents.

Praise for Surrogate:
'Neatly encapsulates some of the most emotive issues around motherhood, making them vivid and intense with personal and local detail.' - Katharine England, Advertiser

'Crisp's clipped, understated prose, eye for detail and slightly earthy sense of humour make Surrogate an involving read.' - Cameron Woodhead, Age

'Subtle mix of suspense and revelation.' - Willie Campbell, Otago Daily Times

'An insight into the parenthood struggles of past generations as well as modern issues.' - Carolyn Hull, ReadPlus

'A quietly powerful story.' - Jane Havercroft, What Jane Read Next

'Tracy Crisp packs an awful lot into this book for the page count and the writing is stunning. I definitely hope to read more from her in the future.' - Bree, 1 Girl 2 Many Books

'Surrogate, a novel raises all kinds of questions about motherhood and mothering, about altruism and financial vulnerability, and about whether power can ever be equal in surrogacy situations. At only 230 pages the writing is economic, and the prose is spare … The issues this book raises might make it a good choice for book groups, with the caveat that it might raise emotions that are ‘too close to the bone’ for some.' - Lisa Hill, ANZ Litlovers Litblog

Tracy Crisp has recently returned to live in Adelaide after several years in Abu Dhabi. Her work has been published in Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and Island. Tracy is also a funeral celebrant and consultant specialising in alternative funerals. Surrogate is her second novel.

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Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055083
Extent 240 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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