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Michelle Dicinoski has found the love of her life, and now she just wants to get married and live happily ever after. The only problem is, she’s in love with an American woman, Heather, and neither Australia nor America recognises same-sex marriage. What to do when love and the law collide? For Michelle, the answer is clear: go to Canada and get hitched there.

Ghost Wife is the deep, funny, heartwarming and brave story of that trip. Along the way, Michelle reflects on why anyone would want to get married anyway, on the power of acceptance, and on the startling stories she uncovers in her family’s past. She investigates the hidden worlds of people who live their lives outside social norms, sometimes illegally. Michelle doesn’t want to disappear, not from her family and not from society. But living in Australia, will she always be a ghost wife?

‘resonant and engaging’ - Big Issue

‘poignant and moving, the prose clear-eyed and affecting all at once.’ - the Age

‘a brave and inspiring autobiography’ - West Weekend

‘a book that is as beautiful as it is fascinating.' - Brisbane Sunday Mail

“This is a fresh Australian voice and a welcome addition to the memoir genre.” - Bookseller+Publisher

Michelle Dicinoski’s poetry collection Electricity for Beginners was published in 2011. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Australian Literary Review, The Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, the Australian and Cultural Studies Review.

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