y Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas series - author   novella  
Alternative title: Wisdom Tree
Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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A series of novellas by Nick Earls. On the first of every month from May to September 2016, Inkerman & Blunt released one novella at a time, then a Deluxe Christmas edition in October 2016.

Includes

1
y Cargo Gotham Nick Earls , 9701471 2015 single work novella

'Gotham tells of the encounter between music journalist, Jeff Foster and ‘boy pharaoh’, Nasti Boi. It reveals how hollow celebrities cast their spell.'

2
y Venice Nick Earls , Carlton South : Inkerman and Blunt , 2016 9174347 2016 single work novella
3
y Vancouver Nick Earls , Carlton South : Inkerman and Blunt , 2016 9174371 2016 single work novella

The story's narrator, Paul, remembers 'a giant who came to stay with his family when his father was trying to bring American football to Australia. The tall guy in question was a player called Knut Knudsen; as a small boy, our narrator sees him as the modern day equivalent of the Colossus of Rhodes. Knudsen has dreams of becoming of all things, a writer. And it turns out that when our narrator is all grown up, he himself has become a writer, and is on an author tour to a Canadian festival... As a side trip from his festival appearances, he reconnects with Knudsen, who has published several books and is now married and teaching creative writing at a university college' (Caroline Baum, Booktopia).

'Vancouver is the story Paul tells in plague times. It’s about the giant that influenced his life, it’s about the day the world changed, it’s about what happens when our giants come tumbling down. Think, any one of Giovanni Boccaccio’s stories from Decameron' (Avid Reader).

4
y Juneau Nick Earls , Carlton South : Inkerman and Blunt , 2016 9174314 2016 single work novella
5
y NoHo Nick Earls , Carlton South : Inkerman and Blunt , 2016 9174395 2016 single work novella

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2016

Works about this Work

Nick Earls on the Unlikely Rise of the Novella, Star of the Ebook Revolution Monica Tan , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 May 2016;
'... Earls is releasing ... novellas on the first of every month under the umbrella title Wisdom Tree, starting with Gotham released on Monday. Audiobook versions are being simultaneously released on Audible, narrated by Australian actors Rhys Muldoon, Flynn Curry, Gyton Grantley, Michael Dorman and William McInnes. ...'
A Sad Sweetness Links Striking Novellas Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 21)

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
Wisdom Tree Review: Nick Earls' Brilliant Use of the Novella to Look at Families Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 19 August 2016;

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
'Nick Earls' delicate and daring Wisdom Tree is a collection of five loosely linked novellas, each with a suggestive, but not straightforward place name. In Gotham, a musician turned journalist interviews the latest rap sensation Na$sti Boi, "nineteen and ascendant", but essentially "a lost boy". In a stunning shift, the story poignantly ends among children in Central Park. Next is Venice, which denotes a place of intense yearning for Natalie Landry (Australia's second most famous installation artist after Patricia Piccinini) as she vies to be the country's representative at the Biennale. ...'
Alexei Sayle and Comrades Smash Taboos at Melbourne Writers' Festival Jane Sullivan , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 5 September 2016;
Review : Wisdom Tree : A Collection of 5 Novellas by Nick Earls Joanne Peulen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2016;

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
Going the Distance Anthony Lynch , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 52)

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella

In the final novella of Nick Earls's quintet The Wisdom Tree, a benign security guard, Wanda, misquotes Tolstoy: 'No family is perfect. But each family isn't perfect in its own way.' Crossing between continents, each of these intersecting novellas reveals characters who variously express love for the institution of family and opportunistically exploit it. Compromised ambition flourishes throughout. Narrators find themselves support acts to the aspirations of others. Success, with its brief euphorias, might or might not come, but compromise has its own rewards.' (Introduction)

All Thriller, No Filler Julian Novitz , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2016;

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
A Sad Sweetness Links Striking Novellas Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 21)

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
Wisdom Tree Review: Nick Earls' Brilliant Use of the Novella to Look at Families Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 19 August 2016;

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
'Nick Earls' delicate and daring Wisdom Tree is a collection of five loosely linked novellas, each with a suggestive, but not straightforward place name. In Gotham, a musician turned journalist interviews the latest rap sensation Na$sti Boi, "nineteen and ascendant", but essentially "a lost boy". In a stunning shift, the story poignantly ends among children in Central Park. Next is Venice, which denotes a place of intense yearning for Natalie Landry (Australia's second most famous installation artist after Patricia Piccinini) as she vies to be the country's representative at the Biennale. ...'
Review : Wisdom Tree : A Collection of 5 Novellas by Nick Earls Joanne Peulen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2016;

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
Going the Distance Anthony Lynch , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 52)

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella

In the final novella of Nick Earls's quintet The Wisdom Tree, a benign security guard, Wanda, misquotes Tolstoy: 'No family is perfect. But each family isn't perfect in its own way.' Crossing between continents, each of these intersecting novellas reveals characters who variously express love for the institution of family and opportunistically exploit it. Compromised ambition flourishes throughout. Narrators find themselves support acts to the aspirations of others. Success, with its brief euphorias, might or might not come, but compromise has its own rewards.' (Introduction)

All Thriller, No Filler Julian Novitz , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2016;

— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella
Nick Earls on the Unlikely Rise of the Novella, Star of the Ebook Revolution Monica Tan , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 May 2016;
'... Earls is releasing ... novellas on the first of every month under the umbrella title Wisdom Tree, starting with Gotham released on Monday. Audiobook versions are being simultaneously released on Audible, narrated by Australian actors Rhys Muldoon, Flynn Curry, Gyton Grantley, Michael Dorman and William McInnes. ...'
Alexei Sayle and Comrades Smash Taboos at Melbourne Writers' Festival Jane Sullivan , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 5 September 2016;
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