The Natural Way of Things


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$17.00  $15.64
Europa Editions
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5.3 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and one book of non-fiction. She has been described as one of Australia's most original and provocative writers. Her novels have been shortlisted for many prizes, including the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize.


Praise for The Natural Way of Things

"Beautiful and savage - think Atwood in the outback."
--Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

"[Wood's] short, gripping book begins as an allegory of thuggish misogyny then evolves into a far stranger and more challenging feminist parable."
--John Powers, Fresh Air of those unforgettable reading experiences."
--Liane Moriarty, author of Truly Madly Guilty, in The New York Times

Like the surreal prison itself, Ms. Wood's writing is direct and spare, yet capable of bursting with unexpected beauty.
--The Economist

It is, unfortunately, never a bad time to discuss the persistence of violence committed against women, and the perceived ownership of women's bodies. Wood comes at the issue with a fresh, thrilling perspective: that of a dystopian novelist, one who constructs worlds in dire disrepair, but woefully similar to our own.
--Huffington Post

The Natural Way of Things is a prescient feminist horror novel you need to read.

While there are definite hints of Atwood there, The Natural Way of Things is definitely its own animal.

An absorbing plot, lyrical prose, and discomfiting imagery makes Wood's novel decidedly gripping."
--Kirkus Reviews

"VERDICT: A shocking and vital work for all readers."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Uncomfortably bold, The Natural Way of Things is an everywoman's hero tale."
--Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"What sets Wood's The Natural Way of Things apart, what makes it a truly urgent read is that it is not an allegory and it is not a dystopian novel: it is a reality."
--Full Stop

The Natural Way of Things is an extraordinary novel: inspired, powerful, at once coherent and dreamlike.
--The Sydney Morning Herald

It's rare to pick up a novel and from the opening pages be not only gripped by the story on the page but also by the keenness of the intelligence and audacity of the immagination at work.
--The Weekend Australian

A modern-day fable of rural gothic dystopia. Think Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter and chuck in a dose of Mad Max's avenging angel Furiosa and you get the idea.
--Caroline Baum, Anne Summers Reports

As allegory, as a novel, as vision and as art The Natural Way of Things is stunning.
--Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

This is a stunning exploration of ambiguities--of power, of morality, of judgment. With a fearless clarity, Wood's elegantly spare and brutal prose dissects humanity, hatreds, our ambivalent capacities for friendship and betrayal, and the powerful appearance--always--of moments of grace and great beauty...It will not leave you easily; it took my breath away.
--Ashley Hay, author of The Railwayman's Life

A brave, brilliant book. I would defy anyone to read it and not come out a changed person.
--Malcolm Knox, author of The Wonder Lover