Christos Tsiolkas

The In-Between

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The tender, sensual and moving new novel from the award-winning and bestselling author of The Slap and Damascus. A compelling contemporary love story between two middle-aged men, told with grace, heart and wisdom.

No life is simple, and no life is without sorrow. No life is perfect.
Two middle-aged men meet on an internet date. Each has been scarred by a previous relationship; each has his own compelling reasons for giving up on the idea of finding love. 
But still they both turn up for the dinner, feel the spark and the possibility of something more. Feel the fear of failing again, of being hurt and humiliated and further annihilated by love.
How can they take the risk of falling in love again. How can they not?
A tender, affecting novel of love, of hope, of forgiveness by one of our most fearless and truthful interpreters of the human heart, the acclaimed bestselling author of The Slap and Damascus.

Author: Christos Tsiolkas

Paperback Published 31 October 2023 392 pages

'I've admired the risk and power of all his novels, but this might be the riskiest of all—so personal, so delicate and true—and I love it.' — Charlotte Wood on 

'A scorching, mythic work with a heart of the sweetest intimacy.'— Helen Garner on 

Read and Recommended by Graeme:

"This new novel has been described by the author as ‘a book about love’ and his gay male readers will be especially satisfied by the narrative he unfolds. The novel begins by exploring the budding relationship between two middle-aged men, Perry and Ivan, both scarred by previous relationships. But then it expands beyond that - exploring different loves and relationships - a lesbian couple, the marriage of a closeted gay man to a woman, and even the relationship between a man and a male sex worker. Each storyline is explored with wisdom, psychological insight and eroticism, though surprisingly it is the lesbian relationship that offers up the most intense sex scene. These characters are all connected by family ties and it is a remarkably clever exploration of the complications of relationships and also families. But the presence of the elderly is also an important aspect of the book and provides the novel with its powerful ending."


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