Author(s): Matt Nable
Twin brothers Stephen and Lawrence Kennedy are army kids; theirs is a world of barracks, bunks and barbecues. But then their parents are killed in a car accident and the boys are sent to stay with people they barely know. How the boys live with their grief and with each other defines the rest of their lives. They move through adolescence and into adulthood, via girlfriends, jobs, sibling rivalry and loyalty. And somewhere deeply buried within them both is the question of how one deals with the past in order to live in the present and embrace the future. The answer is surprising.
'This book is a kind of magic.' - Christos Tsiolkas
'We Don't Live Here Anymore is a delicately scored novel about quiet desperation and subtle grace in the coastal and city communities of Australia . . . We might have gone to school with these characters; their stories and secrets come to us with the truth of familiarity and the sanction of forgiveness.' - Kate Holden
'An estimable debut, an honourable book about some pretty dodgy people and the mess they're in, and how dodginess can come to be its own punishment.' - Sunday Age
'The story is compelling and rich, the prose lyrical yet earthy... a satisfying and quite majestic collage.' - Adelaide Advertiser
'There are moments of gut-wrenching pathos... Nable draws the characters so intricately, it feels almost invasive to be so close.' - Daily Telegraph
'The voice is fresh, with metaphors as clear as sparkling water, and bites with piercing insight.' - Courier Mail
'You can almost taste and smell suburbia in this debut novel...Impressive stuff. Nable is one to watch.' - Sun-Herald
'[A] subtle examination of contemporary society. This is the perfect book to take with you when hibernating under the goose down comforter.' - Vogue
'It's Tim Winton territory, but Nable's up to the task.' - Qantas The Australian Way
Matt Nable is a writer and actor. He stars in The Killer Elite alongside Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, and Postcards alongside Guy Pearce (both films due in Australia mid-2011). He wrote and starred in The Final Winter (2007), an independent Australian film that has since been released internationally, and appears in the upcoming series of East West 101 (SBS Television). Two of his screenplays are currently in development. With his wife and three children, Matt divides his time between Sydney and Los Angeles. He is the author of the novels We Don't Live Here Anymore (2009) and Faces in the Clouds (2011).