Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

Australia Day
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Text Publishing Co
Country
Australia
Published
8 January 2019
Pages
272
ISBN
9781925603972

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2016

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Writing for Fiction 2018

Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before.

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