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It should have been a perfect summer, but for Louise and Rennie their dreamhouse is the stuff of nightmares. Kate Grenville's extraordinary, disturbing novel evokes the mystery and menace underpinning everyday life.
Published October 2nd 1987 by Viking Books
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Dreamhouse is the third novel by Australian author, Kate Grenville. Set in Tuscany, in the village of San Giorgio and later, Milan, the story is narrated by Louise Dufrey. Louise and her husband Reynold are in Tuscany on the invitation of a colleague of Rennie’s, Daniel, so that Rennie can complete his dissertation, “Malthus and the Doctrine of Necessary Catastrophe”. They are to stay at one of his villas, but, after a bizarre encounter with Daniel’s children, Hugo and Viola, find that the villa ...more
This was an intriguing & disturbing book. There was a lot of ambiguity about the relationships between Rennie, Louise, Daniel, Hugo and Viola. The marriage between Rennie & Louise seems on the surface to be civil, but it is clear that both are unsatisfied, and Louise in particular lashes out in passive aggressive ways against Rennie. The strange dynamic between them and their hosts (Daniel & his children, Hugo & Viola) alternates between stilted & awkward and oddly sexual. ...more
Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-known authors. She's published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian's Story (details about all Kate Grenville's books are elsewhere on this site). Her novels have won many awards both in Australia and the ...moreMore about Kate Grenville...