Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014
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'Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River was met with considerable acclaim on its publication in 2005. It has also been the subject of both historians and literary scholars. This essay avoids adopting a position in relation to these debates, an undertaking we have attempted elsewhere ...Rather, we elaborate on the findings of a reception study of book clubs that have read and discussed The Secret River. This research is part of a larger project we call 'Fictions of Reconciliation', which examines the reception of recent works of Australian fiction that focus on Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations. This essay explores how communities of ordinary or 'lay readers' respond to Grenville's novel, and what their responses might tell us about the ways in which historical fiction might or might not be mobilised in understanding contemporary race relations in Australia.' (19)

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