Smokehouse is an assured and accomplished collection, and a thoroughly immersive read that celebrates the landscape and the community of Tasmania. Read it if you like reading short stories like they’re novels, or if you love evocative descriptive nature writing.
4.3 rating based on 111 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: UQP
A man watches a boy in a playground and pictures him in the grey wooden shed he's turned into a home. A woman's adopted mother dies, reawakening childhood memories and grief. A couple's decision to move to an isolated location may just be their undoing. A young woman forms an unexpected connection at a summer school in Hungary.
Set in southern Tasmania, these interlinked stories bring into focus the inhabitants of small communities, and capture the moments when life turns and one person becomes another. With insight and empathy, Melissa Manning interrogates how the people we meet and the places we live shape the person we become.