Gretchen Shirm

Gretchen Shirm

is the author of Having Cried Wolf and Where the Light Falls. She lives in Sydney.


About Gretchen Shirm

Gretchen Shirm is the author of Having Cried Wolf and Where the Light Falls. She lives in Sydney.


Articles about Gretchen Shirm

Articles by Gretchen Shirm

The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink book cover

Legal Fiction: The Woman on the Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

'The key distinction between The Woman on the Stairs and Schlink’s earlier fiction is that the past acted on those characters in ways that were hidden to them, but drawn out through the narrative. Here, an unspoken past acts on the protagonist and the narrative asks us to believe that his conversion to a man of empathy occurs without any direct confrontation with his personal and national history.'

Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li

The complicity of silence: Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li’s Kinder Than Solitude begins in a funeral parlour in contemporary Beijing with the unceremonious cremation of Shaoai, a woman who suffered serious brain damage 21 years earlier, but had ‘clung to a world that had neither use or a place for her’. As a 22 year old student, Shaoai had been involved in democratic protests in Beijing in 1989, for which she was expelled from university.

The Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay

As if the sea curved up: The Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay

Set in Hay’s home town of Thirroul on the coast south of Sydney in 1948, The Railwayman’s Wife centres on the death of Anikka Lachlan’s husband in a mining accident and examines how Ani copes in its aftermath.