Working at a hatmakers, Jenny tries her hardest to remain vigilant in a society where men have the final say and the customer is always right. Franny contemplates the meaning of home in a world made uncertain by global warming. Students attempt to juggle the pressures of education, relationships and the struggle for body autonomy. Nostalgia grazes its hand against death. Innocence dances with regret.
Throughout her short stories, Sarah Barr weaves an intricate, cyclical thread of hope and regret, offering captivating glimpses into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters. Contrasting the palpable heat of Australia with the cool waters of England, Night Zoo tackles with equal strength difficult encounters and individually complex characters, forming a powerful portrait of life, finding the extraordinary in the everyday. With dark twists and intense themes, Night Zoo bravely tackles life in all of its nuances, subverting the readers’ expectations at every turn.