Extinctions by Josephine Wilson
Extinctions is a humorous and poignant mediation on ageing, loss, adoption, identity, the ego, redemption and hope. Professor Fredrick Lothian, a retired engineer, meets Jan, the crazy bird lady from next door, and through their unlikely friendship, Fredrick’s chosen path to extinction is challenged. If you are a father, granddad, daughter, son, crazy bird lady, grandma, mother, compassionate friend or someone's neighbour, this book is a worthwhile investment. Kim
Winner of the prestigious Miles Franklin AwardProfessor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete and connoisseur of modernist design, has quarantined himself from life by moving to a retirement village. Surrounded and obstructed by the debris of his life, he is determined to be miserable, but is tired of his existence and of the life he has chosen.When a series of unfortunate incidents forces him and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetime's secrets and lies, and to comprehend his own shortcomings. Finally, Frederick Lothian has the opportunity to build something meaningful for the ones he loves.Humorous, poignant and galvanising, this is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national and personal - and what we can do to prevent them.
*WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD 2017*
Peppered with clever observations, the writing is sharp and the interactions in Extinctions are complex, building a rewarding narrative about being lost but ultimately getting found. PORTIA LINDSAY, BOOKS+PUBLISHING