Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Elizabeth Tan

Smart Ovens for Lonely People
Brio Books
1 June 2020

Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Elizabeth Tan

Winner of The Readings New Australian Fiction Prize 2020

Conspiracies, memes, and therapies of various efficacy underpin this beguiling short story collection from Elizabeth Tan.

In the titular story, a cat-shaped oven tells a depressed woman she doesn’t have to be sorry anymore. A Yourtopia Bespoke Terraria employee becomes paranoid about the mounting coincidences in her life. Four girls gather to celebrate their underwear in ‘Happy Smiling Underwear Girls Party’, a hilarious take-down of saccharine advertisements.

With her trademark wit and slicing social commentary, Elizabeth Tan’s short stories are as funny as they are insightful. This collection cements her role as one of Australia’s most inventive writers. 

‘The stories collected in Smart Ovens for Lonely People made me laugh out loud with surprise and delight - not only because they are very funny, conveying enviable literary skill, but also because I have simply never read anything like them, and that is such a pleasure and a delight.’ - Alice Robinson  

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