The Labyrinth

Author(s): Amanda Lohrey


Erica Marsden's son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence. There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it--to find a way out of her quandary--Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust, and to reckon with her past. The Labyrinthis a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity. It shows Amanda Lohrey to be at the peak of her powers.


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This is a beautiful, understated story of a woman reconciling her guilt following her troubled son's incarceration in a high security prison. After moving nearby to a rundown shack by the beach, Erica gradually begins to let down her guard amongst the small community she finds herself surrounded by. A potent dream inspires a preoccupation with building a labyrinth and she employs the advice and expertise of those around her to realise this project. Lohrey's writing is eloquent and thoughtful, The Labyrinth was a joy to read.

- Ramona

General Fields

  • : 9781922330109
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : June 2020
  • : ---length:- '23.4'width:- '15.3'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Amanda Lohrey
  • : Paperback
  • : Sep-20
  • : English
  • : 823.4
  • : 240