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Tracey Lee

Tracey Lee grew up in the regional city of Launceston in Tasmania, the beautiful island state in Southern Australia. After graduating from university, she started a very rewarding thirty-two year teaching career. She has been married to her husband, Greg, for twenty-six years and is the mother of two adult children, Ellen and Patrick. While living in Hobart, she was a founding member of the Aphorism Club writing group. The writers published an anthology of their work in 1999. The group and the work they explored during those years remains an important part of her development as a fiction writer. In 2005, Tracey completed a master’s in creative writing at the University of Canberra. In 2015, Tracey and Greg moved from Canberra to the south coast of New South Wales. The milder weather and beautiful beach environment have been most conducive to fulfilling a life’s ambition to publish further work.

Both her teaching and writing are influenced by an appreciation of what motivates human behaviour, what maintains equilibrium, and how we cope with the disturbances that threaten that balance. Tracey predominantly writes adult fiction that reflects on ordinary people responding to extraordinary events.

What Remains follows Lily O’Hara, a young woman in her twenties, who is a curator and historian. She lives in a rural area near the Australian capital, Canberra. Lily is content with her lot in life, all the while stoically ignoring the tragedies that befell her family when she was only months old. Lily O’Hara embodies ‘ignorance is bliss’ as a mode of living. But the past always has a way of rising and so it does for Lily. To begin living, really living, Lily will have to confront the complications of the past and acknowledge that these cryptic events have shaped the woman she has become.

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