"Alex Leefson is astronomy's glamour girl, in love with the satellite Europa and the equally unreachable Phoebe. Meanwhile, her husband Daniel rages against his tedious job, his failing health and his wife's infidelity.
"Full of Dorothy Porter's customary bite and sensuality, Wild Surmise is an engrossing duet between two passionately estranged voices."
"possesses a blowtorch talent - and knows how to use it" - The Australian
"Dorothy Porter has adopted the verse novel with extraordinary success ... Porter's move into this genre had caught the public imagination and broken the barrier between poetry and prose" - Australian Book Review
Let us travel the three hundred and ninety million miles to Jupiter's smoothest moon, Europa. You can't miss Jupiter hanging over its moon in a whirling rainbow mass of push, pull and poison. Feel Europa's freezing toxic silence. You're standing on a raft of thick alien ice, but you're moving - foating like a berg on the deepest ocean in the unknown world. This is the roof, the shield of a black liquid world, where you may one day drop like a warm stone. A new world where you might learn colder lessons than nothing.
From the Picador paperback edition, 2002.
This novel was shortlisted the Miles Franklin Award in 2003.
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