by Matt Rubinstein
published 2012
Ligature finest
genre Literary Fiction · Poetry

A novel of Adelaide. A sonnet for each few minutes of the summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year. Five characters traverse the city, its suburbs and its beaches in this modern midsummer night's dream. Shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel award.

Solstice is a novel in verse set over the twenty-four hours of the longest day of the year, in Adelaide, South Australia. It is a story of love and exploration told in sonnet form, one verse for each few minutes of the day. It shows how much can change in a day--the whole world, and at the same time nothing at all.

Solstice was shortlisted for the 1993 Australian/Vogel Award and was published by Allen & Unwin in 1994. This electronic edition is a new author's cut that takes full advantage of recent technical developments in the field of poetry.

“Vivid, truthful, ardent, cool” -- Paul Kelly

“An exuberant inside look at Australian youth culture... Amazingly, a first novel in Vikram Seth's demotic mode” -- Judith Rodriguez

“An Oz Midsummer Night's Dream, witty, tender and erudite” -- Rhyll McMaster