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The Performance

The Performance

by Claire Thomas

The breakout literary sensation of 2021, THE PERFORMANCE is a tightly woven examination of women's inner lives that is funny, profound and deeply human.

Publish Date
February 2021

As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of a Beckett play. Margot is a successful professor, preoccupied by her fraught relationship with her ailing husband. Ivy is a philanthropist with a troubled past, distracted by the snoring man beside her. Summer is a young theatre usher, anxious about the safety of her girlfriend in the fire zone. As the performance unfolds, so does each woman's story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world beyond the stage.

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