Casper Gray goes to bed a happily married man.
He wakes up questioning whether everything is a lie.
Life in suburbia holds few surprises for Casper. He and his wife Jane are still trying for a baby after seven years. His neighbours have their quirks to be navigated. And his job as a high school teacher, while satisfying, comes with its challenges.
Every day is much like the one before – that is, until Casper makes a discovery that threatens everything he knows…
As Casper’s fears grow into obsessions, his world starts to unravel.
Just Another Week in Suburbia is a story about love, trust, and insecurity, and the question of whether you can ever really know another person.
- ‘Zig’s unsettling work peels back the white, middle class veneer so many of us recognise from suburban life in Australia, compelling us to reflect on the hidden lives of those around us.’
– Andrew Pople
2SER / Tuesday Book Club
‘[Zig] has written this fabulous deliciously naughty book called Just Another Week in Suburbia … with such humour and with such grace with such powers of beauty and observation that I really really enjoyed it …. He does it so well.’
– Rob Minshull
ABC Radio Brisbane
‘JAWiS is a hugely enjoyable novel which illuminates the extraordinary in the everyday, and the quirky in the quotidian.’
– Ryan O’Neill
The Weight of the Human Heart (Black Inc 2012)
Their Brilliant Careers (Black Inc 2016)
‘A stunningly polished psychological debut ruminating on issues of doubt, dissatisfaction, and temptation in even the most seemingly secure relationships. Just Another Week in Suburbia tells the intricate story of love’s instability, the volatile nature of trust, and asks whether we can ever truly know another person. Zig masterfully delves into the fears and fixations within us all, showing how one small event can unhinge the human psyche.’
– NetGalley Roundup
‘[Zig] has taken the somewhat monotonous elements of suburban life, the mistrust and fear which can develop between partners as well as the pressure of all those things left unsaid in a relationship and has packaged them up in one complex, tightly-laced character who we see unravel under the weight of his own psyche. It’s a lot to go through and process in 300 odd pages, but it’s an enjoyable read that will draw you in with its wit, and keep you there as the drama builds.’
– Jenna Woods
‘… a must read… a powerful novel that bristles with intelligence, and black humor… a dark, gritty read that explores the dark side of human nature… an engrossing novel, and one that leaves a lasting impression.’
– Slap Happy Fun Time
‘… engaging … honest and relatable. It was difficult to put down because the story was so compelling. I just had to know what happened next. At one point my heart was pounding, and I couldn’t read fast enough … captivating.’
– Jordan Reads Too Much
‘Different to any book I’ve read previously, JAWIS is a no-holds-barred account of how the small events in Casper Grey’s ordinary week rapidly escalate to the point where his life can never again be the same. The author examines the everyday minutiae to call attention to big topics such as intimacy, resilience and bravery.’
– JM Peace
A Time to Run (Pan Macmillan 2015)
The Twisted Knot (Pan Macmillan 2016)