If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Susan Johnson’s work. I’ve read and enjoyed The Broken Book, reviewed Life in Seven Mistakes and On Beauty, featured Susan in Meet an Aussie Author, and recommended Life in Seven Mistakes as one of the ANZ LitLovers List of Best Australian Books. I think Susan Johnson is one of our best contemporary writers of literary fiction, who reinvents herself with every book she writes.
So you can imagine what a thrill it was for me when I met Susan when she was down in Melbourne last year and we had a lovely long lunch together!
The trouble is, that with lots of chat on email and Facebook and Twitter before and since that lovely lunch, I now count Susan among my friends, and that makes it inappropriate for me to review her latest book, My Hundred Lovers, which has just been released to rave reviews everywhere. The solution I’ve chosen is to harvest as many reviews as I can find, and post the links here as ‘combined reviews’. To keep my sense of integrity absolutely squeaky clean, I’m doing this before I’ve read the book. (But I know I’m going to love it anyway!)
Emma Young at The Age thought that My Hundred Lovers is ‘an original imagining of one woman’s waning flesh and the vibrant imprint of a life it still holds’.
Felicity Plunkett at The Canberra Times found it ‘dazzling’, ‘provocative’ and ‘delicious‘, with slivers of a life juxtaposed in ways that generate wit and verve, and the sublime sits alongside the surprising.
Chris Flynn at Meanjin found that My Hundred Lovers is a remarkable achievement, a genuine masterpiece of sensuality and an absorbing and very personal experience, like reading someone’s beautifully poetic and honest diary.
You can read an extract here.
Fishpond: My Hundred Lovers