He knew of the dark places that existed in a girl's mind, the deep pockets of fear they hold. And he knew the ways to evoke them.
Sally Piper shows great insight into the intensity and importance of teenage girls' friendships, and into the way shame and unvoiced anger erode relationships...This is a gripping, haunting and moving novel that made me want to call up my best friends from high school and talk about all the things that were too terrible to face back then.
- EMILY MAGUIRE, Author of An Isolated Incident
Beautifully written, unfolding like the contours of the landscape, and grounded in a deep understanding of friendship between women.
- INGA SIMPSON, Author of Where the Trees Were and Understory
...this lyrical Queensland-based author has a style and tone all of her own which sucks you in and holds you in its seductive embrace, almost unable to breath...a page-turner...a book dripping in the raw beauty of the Australian landscape.
- The Australian Women's Weekly Book Club July 'Great Read'
The atmosphere in The Geography of Friendship is so charged, I often found myself clenching my jaw and getting goosebumps as I read...as the past is slowly revealed, an air of unbearable suspense builds and builds towards a stunning crescendo. I cannot express how much this book gripped me.
Piper has achieved that glorious, decisive moment in any great novel where the reader becomes desperate to know the ending.
- Readings Monthly
This is an ambitious novel...Piper does a fine job of exploring the nuances of her characters and their battle with themselves.
- The Weekend Australian
Piper gloriously demonstrates how to hook your readers and make them desperate to know the ending...Piper's novel is an exploration of how the past can come to define ourselves, and a testament to the bonds of complicated friendship and to the relentless, isolating and utterly terrifying nature of the Australian bush.
- 4 stars, Books+Publishing
…a book that thinks deeply about the space women occupy in the world, and the space occupied by men, and the overlapping circles of trust and authority. It is about unbridled, impotent anger and rage: about the disappointment of being forced to choose safety. It is a call to arms for women to wrest back control of our bodies and our fates, to live large and demand more from those around us. And it is indeed about female friendships.
- CASS MORIARTY, Author of The Promise Seed and Parting Words
This is a great book, written in clean flowing prose.
The Geography of Friendship is a beautifully written novel, with a powerful understanding and portrayal of friendship.
- 4 stars, The AU Review