Join Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays, Emily Bitto as she discusses her most recent novel Wild Abandon – a headlong tumble through the falling world of end-days capitalism, a haunting, hyperreal snapshot of our own strange times.
In the fall of 2011, heartbroken Will flees Australia for the USA. Landing in the excessive, uncanny-familiar glamour and plenitude of New York City, he makes a vow to say yes to everything that comes his way. By fate or random chance, Will's journey takes him deep into the American heartland where he meets Wayne Gage, a fast-living, troubled Vietnam veteran, would-be spirit guide and collector of exotic animals. These two men in crisis form an unlikely friendship, but Will has no idea just how close to the edge Wayne truly is.