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'Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her—and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

'Later…

'A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.

'A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.

'L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.

'Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal—but there is still the problem of love.

'An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are—our best and worst selves, our innermost selves—and who we might become.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • A novel in five parts.
  • Dedication:

    For Anthony,

    from now into the future

    in any incarnation of ourselves,

    with love.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2017 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 27 February 2017
      ISBN: 9781925355987

Works about this Work

How Speculative Fiction Gained Literary Respectability Rose Michael , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 2 November 2018;

'I count myself lucky. Weird, I know, in this day and age when all around us the natural and political world is going to hell in a handbasket. But that, in fact, may be part of it.

'Back when I started writing, realism had such a stranglehold on publishing that there was little room for speculative writers and readers. (I didn’t know that’s what I was until I read it in a reader’s report for my first novel. And even then I didn’t know what it was, until I realised that it was what I read, and had always been reading; what I wrote, and wanted to write.) Outside of the convention rooms, that is, which were packed with less-literary-leaning science-fiction and fantasy producers and consumers.'  (Introduction)

Provocative, Political, Speculative : Your Guide to the 2018 Stella Shortlist Camilla Nelson , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 11 April 2018;

'Six years ago, The Stella Prize burst onto the Australian literary scene with an air of urgency. The A$50,000 award was the progeny of the Stella Count – a campaign highlighting the under-representation of women authors in book reviews and awards lists. In the years since, the prize has challenged the gendered ways in which we think about “significance” and “seriousness” in literature.' (Introduction)

Krissy Kneen on An Uncertain Grace 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Stella Interviews 2018;

'Krissy Kneen is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize for her novel An Uncertain Grace. In this special Stella interview, Krissy shares what inspired her writing, the future possibilities of technology for driving empathy and understanding, and the Australian women writers who spur her on.'

A Fluctuating Charm Catriona Menzies-Pike , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , July 2017;

'Fret not, lonely hearts, there are plenty more fish in the sea. Are there? This homily is usually rolled out to console the broken-hearted, to persuade them that the tides will soon wash up an acceptable substitute for their lost love. The Plenty of Fish online dating megasite boasts over three million active daily users, which suggests that the line works as a hook for those seeking love, companionship, romance or sex. It’s a figure of speech that might soon become obsolete.' (Introduction)

Erotically Cast into the Future Doug Wallen , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11 March 2017; (p. 21)
'Folding sensitive threads of erotica into mind-bending speculative fiction, Krissy Kneen’s latest novel is an ambitious genre hybrid that addresses both morality and mortality from unique vantage points. Yet An Uncertain Grace opens with an almost commonplace scene as a middle-aged literature lecturer proudly recounts to himself the robust procession of affairs he has cultivated with his female students over the years.' (Introduction)
[Review Essay] An Uncertain Grace KN , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 4 March 2017;
'Krissy Kneen is known for her frank and feminist depictions of sex. Her latest novel again explores the erotic, playfully, controversially, but ultimately didactically.' (Introduction)
Erotically Cast into the Future Doug Wallen , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11 March 2017; (p. 21)
'Folding sensitive threads of erotica into mind-bending speculative fiction, Krissy Kneen’s latest novel is an ambitious genre hybrid that addresses both morality and mortality from unique vantage points. Yet An Uncertain Grace opens with an almost commonplace scene as a middle-aged literature lecturer proudly recounts to himself the robust procession of affairs he has cultivated with his female students over the years.' (Introduction)
A Fluctuating Charm Catriona Menzies-Pike , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , July 2017;

'Fret not, lonely hearts, there are plenty more fish in the sea. Are there? This homily is usually rolled out to console the broken-hearted, to persuade them that the tides will soon wash up an acceptable substitute for their lost love. The Plenty of Fish online dating megasite boasts over three million active daily users, which suggests that the line works as a hook for those seeking love, companionship, romance or sex. It’s a figure of speech that might soon become obsolete.' (Introduction)

Krissy Kneen on An Uncertain Grace 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Stella Interviews 2018;

'Krissy Kneen is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize for her novel An Uncertain Grace. In this special Stella interview, Krissy shares what inspired her writing, the future possibilities of technology for driving empathy and understanding, and the Australian women writers who spur her on.'

Provocative, Political, Speculative : Your Guide to the 2018 Stella Shortlist Camilla Nelson , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 11 April 2018;

'Six years ago, The Stella Prize burst onto the Australian literary scene with an air of urgency. The A$50,000 award was the progeny of the Stella Count – a campaign highlighting the under-representation of women authors in book reviews and awards lists. In the years since, the prize has challenged the gendered ways in which we think about “significance” and “seriousness” in literature.' (Introduction)

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