Australia 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.
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.
Melanie Chengis 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 In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.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 Dayis her first book.
'This is a theme that Cheng's stories revisit again andagain. All of her characters--a diverse cast of difference races and faiths--aresearching for connection or a sense of belonging, and coming up short. Despiteits title the focus of this collection is not explicitly on that increasinglycontroversial public holiday. Rather, it is on the struggles, internal andexternal, that occur when people from different backgrounds meet by chance orare brought together...Australia Day is a bittersweet, beautifully craftedcollection that will be much admired by fans of Cate Kennedy and Tony Birch.' Books+Publishing
Publication Date: 03-Jul-2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Company