The Wood of Suicides

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The Wood of Suicides is a 2014 debut novel by Australian writer Laura Elizabeth Woollett. It centers on a 17-year-old girl's affair with her English teacher, after her father commits suicide.

The Wood of Suicides
Author Laura Elizabeth Woollett
Country United States
Language English
Published 2014 (The Permanent Press)
Pages 192 pp
ISBN 978-1-57962-350-0

Literary References[edit]

The Wood of Suicides takes its title from Canto XIII of Dante's Inferno, which describes a tortured wood where suicides are encased in bark. It also borrows heavily from the myth of Apollo and Daphne, referencing it explicitly at several points.


The Wood of Suicides has received mixed to positive reviews. Kirkus Reviews wrote "an anxious, uneasy, and despondent anti-romance novel."[1] Publishers Weekly wrote "The novel successfully creates a disturbing, ethically ambiguous effect, but the prose, though true to the voice of a lovelorn, troubled teenager, feels overwrought."[2]