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              Happy Stories, Mostly

              Happy Stories, Mostly (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pasaribu, Norman Erikson; Translated by Tsao, Tiffany

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              Happy Stories, Mostly is a playful, charged and tender collection of twelve stories - a blend of speculative fiction and dark absurdism, often drawing on Norman Erikson Pasaribu's Batak and Christian cultures. Pasaribu's stories ask what it means to be almost happy - almost to fi...nd joy, almost to be accepted, but never quite grasp one's desire. Joy and contentment shimmer on the horizon, just out of reach. In one story, an employee is introduced to their new workplace - a department of Heaven devoted to archiving unanswered prayers. In another, a woman on holiday in Vietnam attempts to find solace following the suicide of her son. In a third, a young man befriends a university classmate obsessed with verifying the existence of a mythical hundred-foot-tall man. Throughout the collection, queerness is a fact of life from which tragicomic events spring, amidst the forces that keep people from those whom they yearn for most, and the miraculous, melancholy ability to survive such loneliness. In the words of one of the stories' narrators, 'I work in the dark. Like mushrooms. I don't need light to thrive.'
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              ISBN 9781925818949
              Published NZ 1 Apr 2022
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              Bon and Lesley
               

              Bon and Lesley (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Prescott, Shaun

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              When a spreading fire in the mountains stops his train just outside an almost abandoned town, Bon looks out the window and does what he's always imagined he might - he steps out of his life without looking back. There, he falls into the company of two young brothers, Steven and J...ack Grady, both drawn like moths to the chaos of the coming days, and Lesley, an enigmatic fellow escapee from the city. Together they coalesce into a makeshift family unit, fuelled by cheap liquor and fried food, and bound by a deep and incomprehensible love. Taking in a world of peculiar anarchies and regulations, of secret roads and portals that lurk beneath the country's failing design, Bon and Lesley is an urgent, surreal dispatch from a country intimately familiar with catastrophe. Praise for The Town: 'Prescott seeks the universal in a meticulous paraphrase of the here and now, and finds the dislocation hiding in locality to show us just how lost we really may be.' - Jonathan Lethem 'There's a deceptive lightness to Prescott's style, so this is a book that creeps up on the reader: all of a sudden you're swept away by, even bound to, this thing that's so mournful, intense and unsettling. It will stay with me.' - Lisa McInerney 'A bizarre novel - a seance for Kafka, Walser and Calvino. Shaun Prescott has written an ominous work of absurdity.' - Catherine Lacey
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              ISBN 9781922725257
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2022
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              Cold Enough for Snow

              Cold Enough for Snow (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Au, Jessica

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              The inaugural winner of The Novel Prize, an international biennial award established by Giramondo (Australia), Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) and New Directions (USA). Cold Enough for Snow was unanimously chosen from over 1500 entries. Jessica Au's novel will be published simultaneou...sly in the US, UK and Australia in February 2022, and in translation in fifteen languages around the world. A young woman accompanies her mother on a holiday in Japan. The daughter has arranged their itinerary. They travel by train, visit galleries and churches chosen for their art and architecture, eat together in small cafes and restaurants and walk along the canals at night, on guard against the autumn rain and the prospect of snow. All the while, they talk, or seem to talk: about the weather, horoscopes, clothes and objects; about the mother's family in Hong Kong, and the daughter's allegiances in Australia. But uncertainties abound. How much is spoken between them, how much is thought but unspoken? Cold Enough for Snow is a reckoning and an elegy: with extraordinary skill, Au creates an enveloping atmosphere that expresses both the tenderness between mother and daughter, and the distance between them.
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              ISBN 9781925818925
              Published NZ 15 Mar 2022
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              Burning in

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              By Juchau, Mireille

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              A young woman translates the emotional distance from her mother, a Holocaust survivor, into her own passion for photography. A beautifully written psychological novel.

              ISBN 9781920882273
              Published NZ 1 Aug 2007
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              The Swan Book

              The Swan Book (Paperback)

              By Wright, Alexis

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              The new novel by Alexis Wright, whose previous novel Carpentaria won the Miles Franklin Award and four other major prizes including the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award. The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the no...rth, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute teenager called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced community where she lives in a hulk, in a swamp filled with rusting boats, and thousands of black swans driven from other parts of the country, to her marriage to Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia, and her elevation to the position of First Lady, confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city. The Swan Book has all the qualities which made Wright's previous novel, Carpentaria, a prize-winning best-seller. It offers an intimate awareness of the realities facing Aboriginal people; the wild energy and humour in her writing finds hope in the bleakest situations; and the remarkable combination of storytelling elements, drawn from myth and legend and fairy tale.
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              ISBN 9781922146830
              Published NZ 1 Jan 2015
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              The F Team

              The F Team (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Arja, Rawah

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              Age range 13+ Meet Tariq Nader, leader of 'The Wolf Pack' at Punchbowl High, who has been commanded by the new principal to join a football competition with his mates in order to rehabilitate the public image of their school. When the team is formed, Tariq learns there's a major ...catch - half of the team is made up of white boys from Cronulla, aka enemy territory - and he must compete with their strongest player for captaincy of the team. At school Tariq thinks he has life all figured out until he falls for a new girl called Jamila, who challenges everything he thought he knew. At home, his outspoken ways have brought him into conflict with his family. Now, with complications on all fronts, he has to dig deep to control his anger, and find what it takes to be a leader. In confronting and often hilarious situations, Tariq's relationships with his extended Lebanese family and his friends are tested like never before, and he comes to learn that his choices can have serious consequences. 'Rawah Arja has written one of the best Australian novels I have ever read...not just because the writing sparkles even as it packs a punch, but because this is the kind of novel that shows us what Australia really is.' - Randa Abdel-Fattah
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              ISBN 9781925818543
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2020
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              The Incredible Here and Now

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              By Castagna, Felicity

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              Michael's older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros' Young Adult classic The House on Mango Stre...et, it tells of Michael's coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where 'those who don't know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors', and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures. Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael's community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman.
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              ISBN 9781922146366
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2013
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              The Magpie Wing

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              By Easton, Max

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              Helen, Walt and Duncan are looking for ways to entertain themselves in the sprawl of Sydney's western suburbs. Walt, scrappy and idealistic, wants to prove a point, and turns to petty vandalism. His friend Duncan sticks to his fledgling football career, and sexual encounters in s...trange houses. Walt's sister Helen, restless and seeking something larger than herself, is forced by scandal to leave the family home. As they move into adulthood they gravitate to the dingy glamour of the inner-city suburbs, to escape their families' complicated histories, and in search of new identities, artistic, sexual and political. The Magpie Wing is set on football fields, in punk gigs, and in dilapidated and gentrifying pubs, moving from the nineties to the present, and between the suburbs and the inner city. Max Easton's debut novel explores how, even in a city divided against itself, disparate communities - underground music scenes, rugby league clubs, communist splinter groups - share unexpected roots.
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              ISBN 9781925818765
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2021
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              Landscape with Landscape

              Landscape with Landscape (Paperback)

              By Murnane, Gerald

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              Landscape with Landscape is Gerald Murnane's fourth book, after The Plains, and his first collection of short fiction. When it was first published, thirty years ago, it was cruelly reviewed. 'I feel sorry for my fourth-eldest, which of all my book-children was the most brutally t...reated in its early years,' Murnane writes in his foreword to this new edition. In hindsight it can be seen to contain some of his best writing, and to offer a wide-ranging exploration of the different landscapes which make up the imagination of this extraordinary Australian writer. Five of the six loosely connected stories also trace a journey through the suburbs of Melbourne in the 1960s, as the writer negotiates the conflicting demands of Catholicism and sex, self-consciousness and intimacy, alcohol and literature. The sixth story, 'The Battle of Acosta Nu', is remarkable for its depth of emotion, as it imagines a Paraguayan man imagining a country called Australia, while his son sickens and dies before his eyes.
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              ISBN 9781925336115
              Published NZ 1 Jul 2016
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              Word Migrants

              Word Migrants (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Smith, Hazel

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              Hazel Smith's new poetry collection engages in a direct way with contemporary political and social issues - civil war and the flight of populations, oppressive regimes and the disappearance of dissidents, the unpredictable effects of climate change - relating these issues to the ...personal experience of death and dementia, abuse and disability and childlessness. The poems project intense psychological states of indecisiveness, anxiety, disorientation and guilt, making use of surreal conjunctions and metaphor to dramatise the sense of unease. Smith is a new media artist and musician, and the poems employ a variety of techniques drawn from these fields, flourishes of linguistic coloratura, the evocation of virtual realities, cutting and pasting from the internet, remixing, sampling and quotation, to drive home their effects.
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              ISBN 9781925336030
              Published NZ 1 Mar 2016
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