Emily Bitto's second novel is an impressive rites-of-passage parable

By Ian McFarlane
October 15 2021 - 1:00pm
  • Wild Abandon, by Emily Bitto. Allen & Unwin, $32.99.

Emily Bitto's debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize, gathering an impressive harvest of literary plaudits. In fact, many of them occupy the first five pages of her second novel, Wild Abandon, which is enough to test the nerve of any listlessly locked down reviewer, even before noticing her top shelf CV.