Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Lioness (August 2023)

By Emily Perkins

August 29, 2023

You know now we say we devoured  a story, and also that we were consumed by it?  Eating and being eaten.  It was like that with Claire, for me.

From humble beginnings, Therese has grown used to a life of luxury after marrying into an empire-building family.  But when rumours of corruption gather around her husband’s latest property development, Therese begins to look at her privileged world with new eyes.

In the flat below, something else is brewing.  Therese’s neighbour Claire believes she’s discovered the secret to living with freedom and authenticity, freeing herself from the mundanity of domesticity.  Therese is enchanted by the lure of the permissive zone Claire creates – a place of ecstatic release.

All too quickly, Therese is forced to confront herself and her choices – just how did she become this person.  And what should she do about it?

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