An Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace


by Krissy Kneen
AUG 2017

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Publication Date: 31 August, 2017
Extent: 256pp
Format: paperback
ISBN: 978192535598
RightsWorld: Text Publishing

  • Shortlisted, The Stella Prize, 2018
  • Shortlisted, Norma K Hemming Award, 2018
  • Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards, Best Science Fiction Novel, 2017

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her—and when he has lived it, he will understand how.


A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.

A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.

L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.

Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal—but there is still the problem of love.

An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are—our best and worst selves, our innermost selves—and who we might become.

Read an exclusive Text Publishing interview with Krissy Kneen about An Uncertain Grace and her writing.


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‘It’s a rare book that seems to drift like smoke away from the printed page to rewrite the physical world…[Kneen] wants us to strip naked and be transformed.’ Melbourne Review of Books

‘Haunting and wonderful.’ My Cup and Chaucer

An Uncertain Grace is a highly provocative read that masterfully offers thoughtful speculation on the future of technology, memory and sexuality.’ Books + Publishing

‘Folding sensitive threads of erotica into mind-bending speculative fiction, Krissy Kneen’s latest novel is an ambitious genre hybrid that addresses both morality and mortality from unique vantage points…She proceeds with sensitivity, sincerity and, most of all, curiosity…With its page-turning clarity, her writing is as compassionate and empowering as it is edgy and provocative. In the end, her characters are striving for the same things that any of us are.’ Australian

‘This is speculative fiction that twines science fiction with erotica with philosophical questions of gender and sex, but the scope of Kneen’s ambition and talent makes any such description seem terribly reductive…Kneen’s imaginative leap towards a transhuman world is endlessly curious and inventive, provocative and inspiring.’ Sydney Morning Herald 

‘Highly unusual, very ambitious…but I think Krissy Kneen achieves it.’ Radio New Zealand