Moving Among Strangers

| UQP Publishing (available for purchase from 23/10/2013)

As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan’s childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary pilgrimage that reveals long-buried family secrets. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 for his novel To the Islands, he left for England and a life of self-imposed exile.

Collaborative Dubliners

Sydney University Press | Series: Irish Studies, March 2012

Edited by Vicki Mahaffey
This collection of essays by thirty contributors from seven countries presents a revolutionary view of Joyce’s technique and draws out its surprisingly contemporary implications by beginning with a single unusual premise: that meaning in Joyce’s !ction is a product of engaged interaction between two or more people. Meaning is not dispensed by the author; rather, it is actively negotiated between involved and curious readers through the medium of a shared text.

Waiting Room

ISBN 9781921372629  |   Scribe Publications (2009)

Gabrielle Carey’s mother had always been pedantically punctual and organised. So when she begins to forget where she put her purse — and even where she put her dentures — Gabrielle knows something is wrong. Scans reveal a brain tumour and doctors advise its urgent removal. Biding the dreadful passing of time in doctors’ waiting rooms, Gabrielle begins to realise how much her mother has left untold‚ how many questions she still wants to ask her‚ and how little time there is left for answers.

So Many Selves

ISBN 9780733319822  |  ABC Books (2006)

A fascinating memoir of a woman of our times, Gabrielle Carey deftly explores her own life experience to make wider observations on the nature of writing and writers‚ the cult of celebrity‚ the Protestantism of Australia and living in a Third World country.

The Penguin Book of Death

ISBN 0140259384  |  Penguin Books (1997)

(co-edited with Rosemary Sorensen)
A selection of non-fiction pieces that explores many questions related to death and dying‚ including public and private responses to death and cultures as diverse as Ireland‚ Mexico‚ Australia and the US. Contributors include American writers Thomas Lynch and Kathryn Harrison‚ Irish writer Christopher Hope‚ Canadian writer John Ralston Saul‚ Indian writer Githa Hariharan‚ and Australian historian‚ Inga Clendinnen.

The Borrowed Girl

ISBN 9780330355988  |  Picador Australia (1994)

Gabrielle Carey’s only novel, based on her experience of living in a Mexican village for five years, tells the story of a baby who is ‘borrowed’ by a wealthy childless couple from a poverty-stricken mother. As the child grows up in a life of privilege, she feels increasingly drawn to her Náhautl Indian heritage and the ways of the campesinos.

In My Father's House

ISBN 13 9780330272940  |  Picador Australia (1992)

After the birth of her daughter in a Mexican village, Gabrielle Carey returned home to see her family. The day before she arrived, her father committed suicide. In My Father’s House is an attempt to find out why. Part eulogy, part a moving last letter from a loving daughter.

Puberty Blues

ISBN 0869140108  |   McPhee Gribble (1979)

(with Kathy Lette)
A seminal narrative of teenage life in 70′s Australia, Puberty Blues is about top chicks and surfie spunks and the kids who don’t quite make the cut: it recreates with fascinating honesty a world where only the gang and the surf count. At once hilarious and horrifying, this painfully honest account of the way many teenagers live — and some die — is as painfully true today as it ever was.