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FICTION

92 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: January 2016

ISBN 9781742199689

Rights: US, CA & MX

Spinifex Press (Jan 2016)

Price: $17.95
 
 

Overview

I remember how you were, not how you are. We were we until we became you and I. Midori and Âu Cô are international university students tasting freedom from family for the first time. They discover Melbourne and each other. All is well until the tsunami that swamps their world... Midori and Âu Cô are international university students in Melbourne. They play at being silver dragons birthing pearls from their mouths. They are united by loneliness. Midori's parents are killed by the tsunami in Fukushima and soon after Midori and Âu Cô witness a university shooting. Midori ends up in a psychiatric hospital, not able to cope with the double blow. Âu Cô is courted by a Vietnamese-Australian boy (Dzung) who has also survived the shooting. Dzung is unaware of Midori and Âu Cô's relationship and pressured by his parents asks Au Co to marry him. Midori is silenced and unable to out herself and Âu Cô she understands too well the pressures of family. Âu Cô accepts since her own family wants to migrate to Australia. Midori absconds before the wedding to the Blue Mountains. She suicides close to the Three Sisters. Âu Cô is left to work through her guilt.

Author Biography

Hoa Pham is a pschologist by day and the author of six books. Vixen was awarded the Best Young Writer award by the Sydney Morning Herald, and The Other Shore won the Viva La Novella Prize. Her play Silence was on the VCE Drama list in 2010. She is also the founder of Peril Magazine, an Asian-Australian online arts and culture magazine. Hoa has received funding from the Australia Council of the Arts numerous times. She has been on an Asialink residency in Vietnam, and fellowships at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and the Goethe Institute Berlin. She has completed her doctorate in creative arts and also holds master degrees in creative writing and psychology.