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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... 2021 Love Objects
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'Nic is a forty-five-year-old trivia buff, amateur nail artist and fairy godmother to the neighbourhood's stray cats. She's also the owner of a decade's worth of daily newspapers, enough clothes and shoes to fill Big W three times over and a pen collection which, if laid end-to-end, would probably circle her house twice.

'The person she's closest to in the world is her beloved niece Lena, who she meets for lunch every Sunday. One day Nic fails to show up. When Lena travels to her aunt's house to see if Nic's all right, she gets the shock of her life, and sets in train a series of events that will prove cataclysmic for them both.

'By the acclaimed author of An Isolated Incident, Love Objects is a clear-eyed, heart-wrenching and deeply compassionate novel about love and family, betrayal and forgiveness, and the things we do to fill our empty spaces.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2021 .
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      Extent: 392p.p.
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      • Published March 2021.
      ISBN: 9781760878337

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Science (in) Fiction Amanda Niehaus , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2021;

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel

'I was already thinking of ‘stuff’ when I read Emily Maguire’s Love Objects – a novel centred around Nic, a 45-year old hoarder; her uni-age niece, Lena; and her nephew, Will. We recently moved the contents of our garage into storage to prepare for renovations, and found ourselves stacking boxes of things we don’t intend to keep into a large, rented locker. There just wasn’t enough time to go through them. Toys from my childhood, my husband’s, our daughter’s; unused greeting cards; received greeting cards; packing envelopes of all sizes; roach-nibbled books; tubs of pens and markers and pencils; drawings of who knows what; clothes and towels and DVDs and documents from when my in-laws died.' (Introduction)

Hoarding, Sex Tapes, Consent and Class : Emily Maguire on Her New Novel Love Objects Lucy Clark (interviewer), 2021 single work interview
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 May 2021;

'The two main characters of Maguire’s book have their consent breached in very different ways. She spoke to Guardian Australia’s Lucy Clark as part of Guardian Australia’s monthly book club' (Introduction)

Nic and Lena : Emily Maguire’s New Novel on Class and Care Fiona Wright , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 431 2021; (p. 30)

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel
'At the core of Love Objects, Emily Maguire’s sixth novel, is a delicate exploration of the responsibility that comes with love and what it means to care for others in both the emotional and practical senses of the word. The book’s protagonist, Nic, is a caustic but kind-hearted woman, positioned, in many ways, so as to be overlooked by the world. Middle-aged, childless, and living alone in her childhood home, she works as a cashier in a low-end department store. She is the kind of woman who often becomes invisible in our society, so it seems fitting that she has an affinity for the forgotten and the overlooked.' (Introduction)
Emily Maguire : Love Objects Linda Godfrey , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , May 2021;

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel

'The sixth novel from the author of An Isolated Incident and Fishing for Tigers explores hoarding, shame and class.' 

Emily Maguire, Love Objects Elizabeth Flux , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 27 March - 2 April 2021;

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel
Emily Maguire, Love Objects Elizabeth Flux , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 27 March - 2 April 2021;

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel
Emily Maguire : Love Objects Linda Godfrey , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , May 2021;

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel

'The sixth novel from the author of An Isolated Incident and Fishing for Tigers explores hoarding, shame and class.' 

Nic and Lena : Emily Maguire’s New Novel on Class and Care Fiona Wright , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 431 2021; (p. 30)

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel
'At the core of Love Objects, Emily Maguire’s sixth novel, is a delicate exploration of the responsibility that comes with love and what it means to care for others in both the emotional and practical senses of the word. The book’s protagonist, Nic, is a caustic but kind-hearted woman, positioned, in many ways, so as to be overlooked by the world. Middle-aged, childless, and living alone in her childhood home, she works as a cashier in a low-end department store. She is the kind of woman who often becomes invisible in our society, so it seems fitting that she has an affinity for the forgotten and the overlooked.' (Introduction)
Science (in) Fiction Amanda Niehaus , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2021;

— Review of Love Objects Emily Maguire , 2021 single work novel

'I was already thinking of ‘stuff’ when I read Emily Maguire’s Love Objects – a novel centred around Nic, a 45-year old hoarder; her uni-age niece, Lena; and her nephew, Will. We recently moved the contents of our garage into storage to prepare for renovations, and found ourselves stacking boxes of things we don’t intend to keep into a large, rented locker. There just wasn’t enough time to go through them. Toys from my childhood, my husband’s, our daughter’s; unused greeting cards; received greeting cards; packing envelopes of all sizes; roach-nibbled books; tubs of pens and markers and pencils; drawings of who knows what; clothes and towels and DVDs and documents from when my in-laws died.' (Introduction)

Hoarding, Sex Tapes, Consent and Class : Emily Maguire on Her New Novel Love Objects Lucy Clark (interviewer), 2021 single work interview
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 May 2021;

'The two main characters of Maguire’s book have their consent breached in very different ways. She spoke to Guardian Australia’s Lucy Clark as part of Guardian Australia’s monthly book club' (Introduction)

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