Provenance: A Fall, a Leap

Jane Messer


In these extracts from ‘Provenance’, Rafaela discovers she is pregnant while staying on Bob and Clarissa Carmichael’s farm, and attempts violently to end the pregnancy. In the second extract, Chella and Rafaela have been separated by misunderstandings, and Rafi must wait for the Carmichael family’s return to the farm before going on to Melbourne alone. These events are a turning point in the novel: Rafi’s dream of leaving home to become an artist has, in a few short weeks, been horribly complicated.


Provenance; extracts; creative writing

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