60,000 word literary fiction novella.
New Year’s Day in the 1990s. Ellen wakes up with no memories outside a house in Sydney. Ellen’s housemates are only vaguely familiar; conversations with her reflection, Mackenzie, help her recall details of her life.
Events that take place include a picnic in the middle of a highway; the prolonged flooding of Sydney; and the hijacking of a NAVY ship in which Ellen’s pet cat Dave sails away.
Ellen’s housemates, Renee and Ness, are in a lesbian relationship. Ness has a sex-change and becomes Nathan. Ellen questions her own sexuality in her attraction to another housemate, Karin.
Ellen’s friend Indigo habitually vanishes to a parallel world. Indigo’s boyfriend Lucas, a dentistry student, prescribes drugs when Ellen experiences insomnia and paranoia. Still, Ellen/Mackenzie spirals into psychosis, and the house turns into the site of a chaotic festival. In an attempt to escape her insanity, Ellen decides to swim to the horizon. The cat reappears as a hallucinated pirate, Dave Schrodinger. Indigo eventually rescues Ellen.
The housemates are cautious when they are out alone due to reports of a serial rapist. They have no idea he is living in their cellar until he attacks Indigo, and she disappears for good.
Mackenzie fades away. Ellen and Lucas find glasses which afford a distorted perspective of the world. Lucas becomes addicted to this magical world view, but Ellen believes it is Indigo’s way of telling them she vanished in time. Whether she did is a case of Schrodinger’s cat.
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