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29 March 2022
RRP: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922711090
Paperback, 304 pages
234 x 153 mm
Contemporary Fiction

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So Many Beats of the Heart

by Carrie Cox

‘Warm, fresh, whole-hearted, and very very funny … An utterly joyous, charming, nourishing read.’ – Brooke Davis

‘Abundant wit, a keen instinct for the perfect detail and a whole lot of heart.’ – Nick Earls

‘I adored Evie Shine and this warm, funny novel, filled with nuggets of wisdom about that most fascinating of landscapes: other people’s relationships.’ – Kerri Sackville

Evie Shine is adrift. After two decades of marriage, her husband has left her. Possibly for another woman. He isn’t saying. That Evie has spent her career dissecting relationships and mending broken hearts doesn’t help at all – it just makes everything worse. How did she not see this coming? And what’s she meant to do now?

Her own worst client, Evie ignores all useful advice and chooses platitudes, wine and hangovers over the prospect of moving on. But soon she realises that the beauty of having the rug ripped from under you is getting to see exactly what’s underneath.

So Many Beats of the Heart is about how the crushing weight of time can take its toll on long-term relationships. It’s about love lost, friendships found, losing your bearings and finding a way back to shore.

PRAISE for So Many Beats of the Heart

‘An utterly joyous and charming read.’
Brooke Davis

‘With abundant wit, a keen instinct for the perfect detail and a whole lot of heart, Carrie Cox holds a mirror up to the challenging middle years of modern life.’
Nick Earls

‘I adored Evie Shine and this warm, funny novel, filled with nuggets of wisdom about that most fascinating of landscapes: other people’s relationships.’
Kerri Sackville

‘Cox has a lovely way with words, and crafts Evie’s world with warmth and gentle humour.’ Weekend West

‘Full of believable characters and warmth, this novel is perfect to snuggle down with.’ Alison Reynolds

‘The most brilliant idea for a novel I’ve seen in a long time … [A] masterclass in what storytelling can do for us.’ Country Style

About the Author

Carrie Cox is a journalist and author based in Perth, Western Australia. She has published a non-fiction book, You Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Bus, based on her weekly satirical column for multiple Australian newspapers, and a previous novel with Fremantle Press, Afternoons with Harvey Beam, which was hailed as a ‘brilliant debut’ by The Australian Women’s Weekly and ‘sensitive and impressive’ by The Australian.