Seeing Other People
Which comes first—those you love, or those you want?
Charlie’s skin was stinging. Not with heat or sweat, but with that intense, body-defining self-consciousness—that sense of being watched. She lowered her eyes from Eleanor’s loving gaze. Her throat taut with tears, she swallowed. ‘You’re a good sister, Eleanor.’
‘Don’t say that.’
After two years of lockdowns, there’s change in the air. Eleanor has just broken up with her boyfriend, Charlie’s career as an actress is starting up again. They’re finally ready to pursue their dreams—relationships, career, family—if only they can work out what it is they really want.
When principles and desires clash, Eleanor and Charlie are forced to ask: where is the line between self-love and selfishness? In all their confusion, mistakes will be made and lies will be told as they reckon with the limits of their own self-awareness.
Seeing Other People is the darkly funny story of two very different sisters, and the summer that stretches their relationship almost to breaking point.
Praise for Love & Virtue
‘an absolute cracker, Love & Virtue lobs right into the current moment with a clarifying light. I hope EVERYONE reads this book.’
Helen Garner, author of The First Stone and The Spare Room
‘a great read that will become an Australian classic.’
Sydney Morning Herald
‘A punchy read that digs deep into its topics without fear of their uncomfortable and sticky nuances, it’s just as likely to make you laugh as it is to make you cry.’
‘Love & Virtue is a delight.’
‘Reid explores themes of power, privilege and consent in her captivating debut novel.’
About the author
Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer, who graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons Philosophy)/Laws. Her first novel, Love & Virtue, was the winner of the 2022 MUD Literary Award and shortlisted in the Indie Awards for debut fiction. It was also highly commended in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards and longlisted for two ABIA Awards.