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              Spider Love Song and Other Stories

              Spider Love Song and Other Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Au, Nancy

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              Nancy Au's debut collection is rich with scents, sounds, imaginative leaps, and unexpected angles of vision. These seventeen stories present the challenges facing characters whose inner and outer lives often do not align, whose spirits attempt flight despite dashed hopes and lean... circumstances. Marginalized by race, age, and sexuality, they endeavor to create new worlds that honor their identities and their Chinese heritage. Au excels at inhabiting the minds and hearts of children and the elderly. In the title story, Sophie Chu dresses daily in her increasingly shabby elephant costume to ensure her missing parents recognize her upon their return. In "The Unfed," a village elder seeks to revive, with her dimming magic, a mountain community struck by tragedy. "Louise" follows, with deceptive hilarity (involving a one-eyed duck), the nuanced give and take between May Zhou and Lai, dissimilar yet passionate partners considering parenthood. The volume also offers sparkling speculative work that taps into the strength of nature-fox spirits and fire beetles, swollen rivers and rippling clouds-to showcase the sometimes surreal transformations of Au's protagonists. Spider Love Song and Other Stories treads the fault line that forms between lovers, families, friends, cultures-exposing injuries and vulnerabilities, but also the strength and courage necessary to recast resentment and anger into wonder and power. Au's lyrical style, humor, and tender attention to her characters' fancies and failings make this powerful debut a delight to read.
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              ISBN 9781946724205
              Released NZ 15 Aug 2019
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
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              Big Familia - A Novel

              Big Familia - A Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Moniz, Tomas

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              Big Familia follows Juan Gutierrez, a self-employed single father, as he navigates a tumultuous year of inescapable change. His daughter, Stella, is on the verge of moving away to college; his lover, Jared, is pressing him for commitment; and his favorite watering hole-a ramshack...le dive presided over by Bob the Bartender-is transforming into a karaoke hotspot. The story is set in a neighborhood that is also changing, gentrification inciting the ire of the established community. Upon the unexpected death of one of the bar's regulars, Juan is sent reeling, and a series of upheavals follow as he both seeks and spurns intimacy, pondering the legacy of distant parents and a failed marriage and grappling with his sexuality-all the while cycling and dating, drinking at Nicks Lounge, and parenting a determined and defiant child-become-woman. When his incarcerated father dies and Stella reveals she's pregnant, Juan is forced to examine the emotional bonds that both hold and hinder him, to reassess his ideas of commitment, of friendship, of love. His encounters with various characters-his mother, his ex-wife, a middle-aged punker, an aspiring acupuncturist, a dapper veteran-lead Juan to the realization that he himself must change to thrive. This is a story of making family and making mistakes, of rending and of mending. As a Latinx queer father with a mixed-race daughter, Juan exemplifies the ways identity connects and divides us. With wit, insight, and tenderness, Big Familia explores the complexities of desire, devotion, and the mysteries of the heart.
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              ISBN 9781946724229
              Released NZ 12 Feb 2020
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
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              HoodWitch

              HoodWitch (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Hicks, Faylita

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              This riveting debut from poet Faylita Hicks is a reclamation of power for black women and nonbinary people whose bodies have become the very weapons used against them. HoodWitch tells the story of a young person who discovers that they are "something that can & will survive / a w...hole century of hunt." Through a series of poems based on childhood photographs, Hicks invokes the spirits of mothers and daughters, sex workers and widows, to conjure an alternative to their own early deaths and the deaths of those whom they have already lost. In this collection about resilience, Hicks speaks about giving her child up for adoption, mourning the death of her fiance, and embracing the nonbinary femme body-persevering in the face of medical malpractice, domestic abuse, and police violence. The poems find people transformed, "remade out of smoke & iron" into cyborgs and wolves, machines and witches-beings capable of seeking justice in a world that refuses them the option. ???Exploring the intersections of Christianity, modern mysticism, and Afrofuturism in a sometimes urban, sometimes natural setting, Hicks finds a place where "everyone everywhere is hands in the air," where "you know they gonna push & pull it together. / Just like they learned to." It is a place of natural magick-where someone like Hicks can have more than one name: where they can be both dead and alive, both a mortal and a god.
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              ISBN 9781946724243
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2019
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