The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey – Winner 2021 Miles Franklin Award – Our Review
A worthy winner of the Miles Franklin, set in Tasmania The Labyrinth is both tender and highly atmospheric.
Erica Marsden’s beautiful fragile son, a budding artist and dreamy like his mother, is imprisoned in a remote Tasmania jail for an inexplicable act of rage.His mother, Erica, in her bewilderment and sadness moves from Sydney to a wild coastal hamlet to be able to be closer to him, she is Daniel’s sole visitor.
She has been completely undone by Daniels’ crime. Filtering through the fragments of her life she decides to build a labyrinth, one modelled loosely on the one she played around as a child. As she plans and constructs it, it serves as a way to understand the darkness and complexities of the human heart.
Deeply embedded in the wilds of the landscape, The Labyrinth is a meditative & strangely comforting read. Warm and enveloping, this is a glorious novel and definitely one for our times when we are all grappling with one demon or another.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books