Young NZ Writers' Youth Laureate Award, Editor's Choice. This was all a long time ago, back when you had just discovered the stupidity of days, and days, and days. There was the brittle-boned home at the very end of the dead-end street, a room of nostrilled violins, and Tasmanian... read full description below.
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Young NZ Writers' Youth Laureate Award Editor's Choice An absolutely beautiful debut, etched with a compelling narrative and layered with poetic spells. - Emma Shi, award-winning poet and author of Elsewhere This was all a long time ago, back when you had just discovered the stupidity of days, and days, and days. There was the brittle-boned home at the very end of the dead-end street, a room of nostrilled violins, and Tasmanian tiger sleeping beneath the tree outside your window. You think you remember an old stone hall, a rib-caged ceiling, and a terror which filled the cold holes of your bones. You can't remember for sure. This was all a very long time ago. Told in a series of moving retellings over time, The Extinct examines what it means to remember and what it means to forget in the `stupidity of days' forever destined to become yesterdays. A tale of magical realism told in stunning free prose. Astounding for its originality and for the young author's clear-eyed maturity - Lee Murray
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Xiaole Zhan, an award-winning writer, is the recipient of an NZSA Youth Mentorship and the Young New Zealand Writers' Youth Laureate Editor's Choice Award. Her work has been published in Redraft and Young NZ Writers anthologies. Born in China, Xiaole Zhan grew up in New Zealand where her memories have accumulated and assembled into the seventeen-year-old story that she tells today in The Extinct.