The Hanging Garden
A Picador Paperback Original
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
For a review copy (US and Canada only) please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com.
The first novel by White to be published in nearly thirty years.
PRAISE FOR THE HANGING GARDEN
“[The Hanging Garden is] a complete, complex, and beautiful portrait, an important addition to classic contemporary fiction.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Like all great impressionistic artists, Patrick White recreates the world by depicting the life we think we know in an entirely original and luminous way. Everything about The Hanging Garden, his final novel, is thrilling, consummate, and revelatory. Its belated publication is a rare and wonderful gift to White devotees and a perfect introduction for new readers.”
—Peter Cameron, author of Coral Glynn and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
“Atmospheric and unsettling. White’s writing is infused with a powerful sense of yearning and loss. A book poignant with the uncertainty and bewilderment of childhood’s passing.”
—Tan Twan Eng, author of The Garden of Evening
“White’s novels [are] boldly ambitious, inventive, sensual, eloquent…shrewd and tender about its two protagonists.”—The Spectator (London)
“The late, virtuosic performance of a master. Here is White conjuring in 200 pages one of the most vivid, erotically charged, emotionally wrenching works of fiction, I’ve read this century.”—The Age (Australia)
“The Hanging Garden returns fiction to greatness. Reading it brings exhilaration, tinged with dismay at our diminished expectations of the literary novel….A gift.”—The Monthly (Australia)
ABOUT THE HANGING GARDEN
From the Nobel Prize-Winning author of The Eye of the Storm comes a vivid, visceral tale of childhood friendship and sexual awakening from beyond the echoes of World War II.
Patrick White, the most revered figure in modern Australian literature, born in England 1912 and raised in Australia, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. THE HANGING GARDEN is his first novel to be published in nearly 30 years.
THE HANGING GARDEN, transcribed posthumously from a handwritten manuscript, is a breathtaking and fully satisfying work that reads as a complete story.
Seamlessly shifting among points of view, and written in dazzling prose, White’s mastery of style and highly inventive storytelling transports readers as few writers can.
Sydney, Australia, 1942. Two children, on the cusp of adolescence, have been spirited away from the war in Europe and given shelter in a house on Neutral Bay, taken in by the charity of an old widow who wants little to do with them. The boy, Gilbert, has escaped the Blitz. The girl, Eirene, lost her father in a Greek prison. Left to their own devices, the children forge a friendship of startling honesty, forming a bond of uncommon complexity which they sense will shape their destinies for years to come.
ABOUT PATRICK WHITE
PATRICK WHITE was born in England 1912 and raised in Australia. He became the most revered figure in modern Australian literature, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. He died in September 1990.