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This book is poetically written. Hawthorne is a well-known poet. The subject is men's torture of lesbians, a subject that Hawthorne has bravely pursued for years. Part of the story takes place in Australia, but there are flashbacks to death squads in South America. The protagonist, Kate, tries to sustain herself with poetry and memories of Greece even while she is being tortured. But torture decenters her, as it does everyone who undergoes it. The book's other viewpoint character is her niece Desi, who seeks years later to find out what happened to Kate. This is a beautifully written book, but not for those who have flashbacks.
Carol Anne Douglas, Amazon.com
This is a wonderful book that I heartily recommend.

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Marilyn Dell Brady, Me, You and Books Blog
Dark Matters by Susan Hawthorne is a fascinating book, which in a post- modern way, tell stories about women, their lives and their myths. Through diary sequences, poetry and narrative we get to know Kate, Mercedes and Desi…. Hawthorne has managed to deal with a horrific topic in a beautiful and poetic manner. Very skilfully she utilizes short sentences to manage the tension and the drama. Even in the darkest moments there is relief in the profundity of the thoughts, in the poetic narrative, and in the inspirational strength of Kate.  
Beatriz Copello, Curve Magazine
As a novel, it is deeply poetic, almost in parts a kind of prose poem. Susan has created a tool that can invoke multiplicity and looseness. There is here Voice, story, memory, myth building, myth recovery, invention and certainly deep POLITICS.
Suzanne Bellamy's speech at launch of Dark Matters, Rochford Street Review
I experienced Dark Matters as a kind of deep and swift current that swept me up and carried me along. I am back in calmer waters now, but it has left me in a different place, and with a subtle momentum that was not there before.
Carolyn Gage
Susan Hawthorne’s stunning novel, Dark Matters, is both a work of art and an exploration of important social issues... Dark Matters is about dreadful, challenging subjects. And though its story is about terror, it is also a story about family, women’s heroism, and love.
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