New writing for Meanjin – Striving for Paradise

Paradise Estate, Max Easton’s second novel, is in many ways a book about disintegration. The ironically-named titular location, a Sydney sharehouse that draws together the book’s central characters, is dilapidated to a hazardous degree: between mould, pestilence, fire and flooding, it almost exhibits a will to self-destruct…”

I was really happy to be commissioned to review Max Easton’s new novel, Paradise Estate (Giramondo Publishing, 2023), for Meanjin. It wasn’t always an easy read, but it was worthwhile and ultimately rather moving. You can read my full review here – and many thanks to Cher Tan for the excellent editing.