by Josephine Wilson
Editor: UWA Publishing
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He hated the word “retirement”, but not as much as he hated the word “village”, as if aging has made you a peasant or an idiot.Here lives the village idiotProf. Frederick Lothian, a retired engineer, the world expert on concrete and a connoisseur of modernist design, has quarantined himself by moving to a retirement village.His wife, Martha, is dead and his two adult children are lost to him on their own.Surrounded and obstructed by debris from his life to objects he has collected over many years and tells himself that he is holding for his daughter – that he is determined to be unhappy, but he is tired of his existence and the life he has chosen.When a series of unfortunate incidents, forces him and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realize damage caused by the accumulation of a whole lifetime of secrets and lies, and to understand his own faultsFinally, Frederic Lothian has the opportunity to build something meaningful for those he loves.Funny, touching, and Galvanizing in turn, Extinction is a novel about all kinds of natural, racial, national, and personal extinction, and what we can do to avoid them.
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