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     “Daring, original and ambitious.”

– The Australian

An electrifying novel about an oracle. A small town. And the end of the world as we know it…

One morning, the residents of a small coastal town somewhere in Australia wake to discover the sea has disappeared. One among them has been plagued by troubling visions of this cataclysm for years. Is she a prophet? Does she have a disorder that skews her perception of time? Or is she a gifted and compulsive liar?

Oscillating between the future and the past, Dyschronia is a novel that tantalises and dazzles, as one woman’s pescient nightmares become entangled with her town’s uncertain fate. Blazing with questions of consciousness, trust, and destiny, this is a wildly imaginative and extraordinary novel from award-winning author Jennifer Mills.

“Dyschronia is as if the Pythian oracle, accompanied by a Greek chorus, has been transplanted to rural Australia. The novel destabilises the concept of time – the illusion that it progresses in a straight line, or that narrative does…

Dyschronia is an ambitious novel with striking imagery and a merciless commentary on how contemporary inertia is leading to irreversible environmental, societal and individual damage.”

– Miles Franklin Award judges’ comments

“There is a poetry in Mills’s writing that shimmers like desert air — ‘the infinite glistens
in the minute’ — and in her storytelling, in the way she captures the moods of time, there is something mystical…

This is a novel that is daring, original and ambitious.”

– The Australian

“With quietly devastating elegance, Dyschronia reminds us that time and place are really two sides of the same coin… its vision of a world transformed by human activity also allows us to grasp the degree to which the ecological crisis that surrounds us deranges our notions of scale, collapsing geological and human time in unpredictable and often terrifying ways. That it manages to do this while still making space for the hope and possibility embedded in its final pages is a measure of the achievement of this intellectually rich and stylistically thrilling novel.”

– Australian Book Review

“Tantalisingly dark… [a] mesmerising take on the future…

At a sentence-by-sentence level, Mills’ writing is exquisite; the story pieced together from a delicate web of details.”

– The Age/Sydney Morning Herald

Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills is like a puzzle laid for the wily reader, a challenge and a eulogy both… You should read it because it’s radiant and ambitious; an imposing project that Mills has executed with barely an off note.

The markers of this book – a nostalgia for a now which is slipping through our grasp, an anxiety about future resources, a collective lack of power and agency, and even the lack of clear antagonists – are the markers of our age, and of our generation… The dirge-like, dreamlike tone of this novel, an intricately constructed linguistic music, imparts a kind of mournful solemnity.”

– The Lifted Brow

“The intricate clockwork of Jennifer Mills’ Dyschronia is simultaneously a meditation on our increasingly unhinged environment and a very personal story about the bonds that hold people together.”

– Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2018

“Jennifer Mills’ ambitious third novel casts out in many directions at once, mingling grim environmental warnings and thoughtful sci-fi motifs with an intimate family study and talon-sharp critiques of corporate culture… Mills’ poetic instincts make for some stunning reading.”

– The Big Issue

“Mills is a conjurer of evocative language and fantastic imagery with a unique and poetic writing style, some sections of the novel looping time scales to create surreal dreamscapes… [Dyschronia is] ambitious and deserving of a wide audience.”

– Kill Your Darlings

“A fantastic addition… temporally and morally expansive, scrubbing backward and forward between pipe dreams and calamities…

Dyschronia is, at times, a challenging work – but this is surely by design. The world Mills creates is neither magical nor realistic, but neither does it rest neatly in the middle. Like the mysterious, genetically altered giant squid that makes an entry later in the story, it is a very slippery thing indeed.”

– CityMag Adelaide

“Shockingly good.”

– The Saturday Paper

“A tail-swallowing, symmetrical place, where anything can be hallucination… ravingly entertaining.”

– Southerly