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Scary Monsters

Release date: 5 January 2023
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WINNER OF THE 2023 RATHBONES FOLIO FICTION PRIZE***ONE OF SLATE'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2022'Every pag... Read More

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WINNER OF THE 2023 RATHBONES FOLIO FICTION PRIZE***

ONE OF SLATE'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2022


'Every page of her story feels charged, like an open circuit waiting for its switch; a lurking wallop. It's magnificent, peerless writing' 
Guardian

'When my family emigrated it felt as if we'd been stood on our heads.'


Michelle de Kretser's electrifying take on scary monsters turns the novel upside down - just as migration has upended her characters' lives.

Lyle works for a sinister government department in near-future Australia. An Asian migrant, he fears repatriation and embraces 'Australian values'. He's also preoccupied by his ambitious wife, his wayward children and his strong-minded elderly mother. Islam has been banned in the country, the air is smoky from a Permanent Fire Zone, and one pandemic has already run its course.

Lili's family migrated to Australia from Asia when she was a teenager. Now, in the 1980s, she's teaching in the south of France. She makes friends, observes the treatment handed out to North African immigrants and is creeped out by her downstairs neighbour. All the while, Lili is striving to be A Bold, Intelligent Woman like Simone de Beauvoir.

Three scary monsters - racism, misogyny and ageism - roam through this mesmerising novel. Its reversible format enacts the disorientation that migrants experience when changing countries changes the story of their lives. With this suspenseful, funny and profound book, Michelle de Kretser has made something thrilling and new.

'Which comes first, the future or the past?'

 

Product Details

Title: Scary Monsters
Author: Michelle de Kretser
Publisher: Atlantic Books
SKU: BK0477114
EAN: 9781838953973
Number Of Pages: 320
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Release date: 5 January 2023

About Author

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. She was educated in Melbourne and Paris. She is the author of five other novels: The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, The Lost Dog, which was longlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange Prize, Questions of Travel, which won several prizes including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award, and The Life to Come, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award. She lives in Sydney.

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