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Wild Abandon

Author: Bitto, Emily
Publisher: Allen & Unwin


A breathtaking new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays. Shortlisted for the 2022 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year.

8 in stock

SKU: 9781761068805 Category: Product ID: 1091663


In the fall of 2011, a heartbroken young man flees Australia for the USA. Landing in the excessive, uncanny-familiar glamour and plenitude of New York City, Will makes a vow to say yes to everything that comes his way. By fate or random chance, Will’s journey takes him deep into the American heartland where he meets Wayne Gage, a fast-living, troubled Vietnam veteran, would-be spirit guide and collector of exotic animals. These two men in crisis form an unlikely friendship, but Will has no idea just how close to the edge Wayne truly is.

Wild Abandon is a headlong tumble through the falling world of end-days capitalism, a haunting, hyperreal snapshot of our own strange times. We read with increasing horror and denial as we approach the cataclysmic conclusion of Will’s American odyssey, dreading what is galloping towards us, but utterly unable to look away.

This lyrical and devastating new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays offers us startling and profound visions of the world and our place in it.

‘Thrilling and heartbreaking by turns-a glorious novel.’
Michelle de Kretser

Wild Abandon made me fall in love with fiction again . . . Only a superlative can do it justice: this is a great novel.’
Christos Tsiolkas

‘What a fearless talent . . . and what an exhilarating novel.’
Malcolm Knox

Additional information

Weight 0.39 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 cm



Bitto, Emily


Allen & Unwin

Release Date

Tuesday November 1st, 2022


Paperback / softback

Main content page count

448 Pages