A SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 'MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2021
'Witty, affecting, brilliantly wise and original.' Gail Jones, author of A GUIDE TO BERLIN, THE DEATH OF NOAH GLASS and OUR SHADOWS
'A potent meditation on the intensity of women's lives.' Charlotte Wood, author of THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS and THE WEEKEND
The false cold of the theatre makes it hard to imagine the heavy wind outside in the real world, the ash air pressing onto the city from the nearby hills where bushfires are taking hold. The house lights lower. The auditorium feels hopeful in the darkness. As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of a Beckett play. Margot is a successful professor, preoccupied by her fraught relationship with her ailing husband. Ivy is a philanthropist with a troubled past, distracted by the snoring man beside her. Summer is a young theatre usher, anxious about the safety of her girlfriend in the fire zone. As the performance unfolds, so does each woman's story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world beyond the stage.
'Claire Thomas writes with a sure eye and knowing heart.' Tony Birch, author of BLOOD, GHOST RIVER and THE WHITE GIRL
'I read from start to finish almost without looking up.' Clare Bowditch, author of YOUR OWN KIND OF GIRL 'Read it as soon as you possibly can.' Emily Bitto, author of THE STRAYS 'I can't recommend this too highly.'
Patrick Gale, author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER and TAKE NOTHING WITH YOU 'Frequently funny, often profound
The Performance is an unmissable show.' Emma Stonex, author of THE LAMPLIGHTERS