Everything in Klara’s life is perfect, from her boutique cosmetic clinic to her svelte physique, her modern home in Melbourne’s coveted inner east to Dante, her adoring husband with movie-star good looks. If all goes to plan, she and Dante will soon have a perfect baby too.
Then one phone call shatters it all: Dante’s in a coma, after being discovered unconscious in a gay sauna. Suddenly Klara’s perfect life begins to spiral dangerously out of control as her husband’s secrets threaten to disrupt everything she thought she knew about love, family and marriage.
From Australia’s most exciting new author, Modern Marriage will make you wonder what lies beneath the veneer of perfection.
Publication date: 31 August 2021
Fulsomely realised...well-structured and highly readable.
The Age / Sydney Morning Herald
A thoughtful and surprising debut that will break your heart and warm it at the same time.
Sophisticated, dark and original, Modern Marriage invites you into a perfect world, then holds you captive with secrets and twists that don’t let up until the final page.
Modern Marriage is a gripping debut novel...a fascinating, insightful read on many levels. The novel is both gently heart-breaking and moving. It’s an impressive debut from Vukašin.
Stunning, insightful debut. Embroiled in domestic drama and heartache, it's rightly been recommended for fans of Christos Tsiolkas and Liane Moriarty.
Modern Marriage is an entertaining first novel that tackles serious themes without being heavy-handed.
Modern Marriage is a cleverly structured portrait of contemporary Australia. Like Tsiolkas before him, Vukasin manages to fully inhabit the lives and experiences of the characters he is writing about, rendering them in prose that is honest, poetic and exacting. I am still thinking about the narrative days after reading, which is surely the sign of a very good book.
Modern Marriage is a pacy, roller coaster of secrets kept and revealed. Layer upon layer, Vukasin reveals the pith of his characters, debunks and satirises stereotypes as he twists and turns them in their relationships. Unpicking the damage wrought by assumptions and judgement, it feels almost as if by sleight of hand, that Vukasin deftly unveils the places of tenderness. This book will make you wonder about the impossibility of ever fully knowing someone.