Born in rural Wisconsin, Amy Espeseth immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s and lives on a small island in Gippsland, Victoria. A writer, publisher, and academic, she is the recipient of the 2007 Felix Meyer Scholarship in Literature, the 2010 QUT Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize, and the 2012 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. Sufficient Grace won the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. After publication, Sufficient Grace was short-listed for the Barbara Jefferis Award (2014), UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (2013), Warwick Prize for Writing (2013), ASLE Environmental Creative Writing Award (2013). The novel was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2014), Davitt Award (2013), Stella Prize (2013); it also received an additional Honourable Mention in the ASLE Environmental Creative Writing Award (2013), and a Commendation in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (2013-2014).She received a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. She was near completion of a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies when she became disabled in 2014. From 2004-2014, Amy taught professional and creative writing, literary studies, editing and publishing at universities throughout Melbourne. She was also the publisher at Vignette Press.
Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Wisconsin, part of an isolated religious community. The girls’ lives are ruled by the rhythms of nature — the harsh winters, the hunting seasons, the harvesting of crops — and by their families’ beliefs. Beneath the surface of this closed, frozen world, hidden dangers lurk. Then Ruth learns that Naomi harbours a terrible secret. She searches for solace in the mysteries of the natural world: broken fawns, migrating birds, and the strange fish deep beneath the ice. Can the girls’ prayers for deliverance be answered?