Simmering darkly with unspoken traumas and longings, Steeplechase is a compelling novel about the tremulous bond between sisters. The first non-erotic work from Brisbane writer Krissy Kneen, following on from the memoir Affection and short story collection Triptych, this is a stirring Australian Gothic where the tangled threads of art, desire and madness are sensually, unsettlingly evoked.
Bec Reich is 40 years old. A painter and a university art lecturer, she masks her loneliness with a cold sense of reserve and an obsessive devotion to her work. Against her judgment, she is slipping into an affair with one of her students, a talented 23 year old enamored both with her and with the legend of her sister Emily – a captivating figure of the Australian contemporary art scene now living in Beijing. (more…)