Lioness by Emily Perkins

Winner of the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Fiction

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$21.99

‘Perkins is an extraordinary writer’ The Sunday Times

You know how we say we devoured a story, and also that we were consumed byit? Eating and being eaten. It was like that with Claire, for me.

From humble beginnings, Therese has let herself grow used to a life of luxuryafter marrying into an empire-building family. But when rumours of corruptiongather around her husband's latest development, the social opprobrium isshocking, the fallout swift, and Therese begins to look at her privileged andinsular world with new eyes.

In the flat below Therese, something else is brewing. Her neighbour Clairebelieves she's discovered the secret to living with freedom and authenticity,freeing herself from the mundanity of domesticity. Therese finds herselfenchanted by the lure of the permissive zone Claire creates in herapartment – a place of ecstatic release.

All too quickly, Therese is forced to confront herself and her choices –just how did she become this person? And what exactly should she doabout it?

“I was so gripped by this astoundingly good book. It’s rich,disturbing, deep, sharp and unputdownable. Gave me shivers about women,families, the masks we wear, how hard it is to tear them off – and whathappens when we do.” CHARLOTTE WOOD

“Lioness is a bold, exuberant and illuminating exploration of identity thatexposes the chasm between what one believes and how one actually lives.Perkins’ writing is exquisite, her observations so strikingly acute andoriginal they will make you gasp.” BOOKS + PUBLISHING

“Like Charlotte Wood's The Weekend and Taffy Brodesser-Akner's Fleishmanis in Trouble, Lioness's potency lies in its ability to articulate the feministzeitgeist” PRIMER MAGAZINE

“A terrific novel about self-doubt and changing life.” GOOD READING

‘Perkins is an extraordinary writer’ The Sunday Times

You know how we say we devoured a story, and also that we were consumed byit? Eating and being eaten. It was like that with Claire, for me.

From humble beginnings, Therese has let herself grow used to a life of luxuryafter marrying into an empire-building family. But when rumours of corruptiongather around her husband's latest development, the social opprobrium isshocking, the fallout swift, and Therese begins to look at her privileged andinsular world with new eyes.

In the flat below Therese, something else is brewing. Her neighbour Clairebelieves she's discovered the secret to living with freedom and authenticity,freeing herself from the mundanity of domesticity. Therese finds herselfenchanted by the lure of the permissive zone Claire creates in herapartment – a place of ecstatic release.

All too quickly, Therese is forced to confront herself and her choices –just how did she become this person? And what exactly should she doabout it?

“I was so gripped by this astoundingly good book. It’s rich,disturbing, deep, sharp and unputdownable. Gave me shivers about women,families, the masks we wear, how hard it is to tear them off – and whathappens when we do.” CHARLOTTE WOOD

“Lioness is a bold, exuberant and illuminating exploration of identity thatexposes the chasm between what one believes and how one actually lives.Perkins’ writing is exquisite, her observations so strikingly acute andoriginal they will make you gasp.” BOOKS + PUBLISHING

“Like Charlotte Wood's The Weekend and Taffy Brodesser-Akner's Fleishmanis in Trouble, Lioness's potency lies in its ability to articulate the feministzeitgeist” PRIMER MAGAZINE

“A terrific novel about self-doubt and changing life.” GOOD READING

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