RRP: 16.95 (inc. GST)
Pub. Date: 2010
A father teaches his daughter how to break whiskey bottles. A woman looks for an old lover in a satellite photograph. A man finds the voice of his dead wife on an unlabelled cassette tape. A blind girl dreams about the taste of the moon.
Josephine Rowe captures the briefest moments; small joys, lost dreams, and silent heartbreak in these stylish, bittersweet short stories. In restrained prose touched with poetry, accompanied here with John Skibinski’s elegant line illustrations, How a Moth Becomes a Boat is a beautiful vision of life in miniature.
‘How a Moth Becomes a Boat is moving its way along my shelf to the space strictly reserved for old favourites.’ — Brad Dunne, Three Thousand
'This is a beautifully wrought and wonderfully eclectic debut, written with a strong and unique authorial voice. In short, it’s exceptional – a brilliant, powerful collection of very short, short fiction.' — Emmett Stinson, RRR
'Rowe should be one of the poster girls for all those aspiring writers flooding creative-writing courses.' Lorien Kaye, The Age
'A rare, unforgettable collection that will be talked about for years to come.' — Readings Books, Film, and Music
'Josephine Rowe, a young Melbourne author, writes clear, polished prose. Her tales are all succinct … we get glimpses, the corners of other people's lives … An inexpensive collection that would make good company on public transport. — Lucy Sussex, Sunday Age