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Scribe Publications is thrilled to be publishing Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith in April 2019. This book is an exquisite story of love, exile, family and belonging that you won’t be able to put down.

‘I loved this novel—it is full of warmth and intelligence and ultimately it’s about how we love and who we love. Sylvie and Leonard will melt your hearts.’—Scribe sales and marketing manager Sarina Gale


About the book About the book

Knowing what you want is hard. Accepting what is possible is harder still.

It is the mid-1980s. In Australia, stay-at-home wives jostle with want-it-all feminists, while AIDS threatens the sexual freedom of everyone. On the other side of the world, the Soviet bloc is in turmoil.

Mikhail Gorbachev has been in power for a year when 24-year-old book illustrator Galina Kogan leaves Leningrad—forbidden ever to return. As a Jew, she’s inherited several generations worth of Russia’s chronic anti-Semitism. As a Soviet citizen, she is unprepared for Australia and its easy-going ways.

Once settled in Melbourne, Galina is befriended by Sylvie and Leonard Morrow, and their adult son, Andrew. The Morrow marriage of thirty years balances on secrets. Leonard is a man with conflicted desires and passions, while Sylvie chafes against the confines of domestic life. Andrew, a successful mosaicist, is a deeply shy man. He is content with his life and work—until he finds himself increasingly drawn to Galina.

While Galina grapples with the tumultuous demands that come with being an immigrant in Australia, her presence disrupts the lives of each of the Morrows. No one is left unchanged.

Invented Lives tells a story of exile: exile from country, exile at home, and exile from one’s true self.

It is also a story about love.


About the author About the author

Andrea Goldsmith originally trained as a speech pathologist and was a pioneer in the development of communication aids for people unable to speak. Her first novel, Gracious Living, was published in 1989. This was followed by Modern InteriorsFacing the MusicUnder the Knife, and The Prosperous Thief, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Reunion was published in 2009, and The Memory Trap was awarded the 2015 Melbourne Prize. Her literary essays have appeared in MeanjinAustralian Book ReviewBest Australian Essays, and numerous anthologies. Andrea Goldsmith lives in Melbourne.


Publicity and marketing campaign

  • Author will be a guest at writers’ festivals and major events
  • Coverage on national radio, and in magazines and newspapers
  • Strong social media campaign including dedicated Facebook posts and advertising
  • Digital marketing campaign including book club notes, blog posts, giveaways, reader competitions, and downloadable marketing assets
  • Advertising in bookseller newsletters, catalogues and trade publications
  • Point of sale materials available including bookmarks and posters.


Sample chapter

Read the first chapter of Invented Lives here.


Reading copy giveaway

For your chance to receive one of 10 advance copies of Invented Lives, email with ‘Invented Lives ARC’ in the subject line. The first 10 people to respond will win a copy.




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