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The Resource Australia Day

Australia Day

Label
Australia Day
Title
Australia Day
Statement of responsibility
Melanie Cheng
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Language
eng
Summary
'Melanie Cheng is an astonishingly deft and incisive writer. With economy and elegance, she creates a dazzling mosaic of contemporary life, of how we live now. Hers is a compelling new voice in Australian literature.' Christos TsiolkasAustralia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes abut 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.This 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. Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Australia Day is her first book. 'A stunning debut that takes its place among Australian short story greats.' AU Review'The book bears witness to the author's empathetic eye, multicultural characterisation and easy facility with dialogue...This short story collection explores what it means to belong, to be Australian; its insight from different vantage points and its photo-realistic narrative make it an exciting and impressive debut.' Judges' Report, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, 2018'All of her characters—a diverse cast of difference races and faiths—are searching for connection or a sense of belonging, and coming up short. Despite its title the focus of this collection is not explicitly on that increasingly controversial public holiday. Rather, it is on the struggles, internal and external, that occur when people from different backgrounds meet by chance or are brought together...Australia Day is a bittersweet, beautifully crafted collection that will be much admired by fans of Cate Kennedy and Tony Birch.' Books+Publishing'Melanie Cheng's voice is strong, compassionate and embracing in these 14 stories that reflect the diversity of Australians and the starkness of human frailty. The recurring theme in all these stories is the ability to re-form lives that, at first, might seem to be shattered beyond repair.' Good Reading, FOUR STARS'The different cultures, the intriguing characters all left me wanting more. I'd love to see some longer fiction from Melanie Cheng in the future but I'll happily accept anything and everything she writes. A fantastic talent who has nailed the art of the short story.' Sam Still Reading'What a wonderful book, a book with bite. These stories have a real edge to them. They are complex without being contrived, humanising, but never sentimental or cloying—and, ultimately, very moving.' Alice Pung'In each story, Melanie Cheng creates an entire microcosm, peeling back the superficial to expose the raw nerves of contemporary Australian society. Her eye is sharp and sympathetic, her characters flawed and funny and utterly believable.' Jennifer Down'Melanie Cheng's stories are a deep dive into the diversity of humanity. They lead you into lives, into hearts, into unexplored places,..
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Award
  • Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2018.
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Cataloging source
ANL
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Cheng, Melanie
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Short Stories
Target audience
adult
Label
Australia Day
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781925410839
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Australia Day
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:33bcc8e6-3fe7-4585-be9d-03a7b2cbce53
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781925410839
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Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
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