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- I haven't yet worked out how Melanie Cheng can write so deceptively simply about everyday people living humdrum lives, yet deliver an emotional punch that knocks you sideways. I loved Australia Day, her anthology of short stories and I guessed that I'd warm to her characters in Room for a Stranger. - It's simple enough: Meg Hughes is 75 and living alone, apart from Atticus, her African Grey parrot. After a burglary scare, she organises for a student to share her old suburban house in exchange for housekeeping and company. Andy Chan is from Hong Kong, not coping with second year of uni in Melbourne, and he isn't so sure about sharing the kitchen with a large parrot (bird flu, anyone?). The two are so different, in age, background, experience, culture - everything, that it's wonderful to see them ever so slowly creep to an understanding and gentle friendship. - This is where the author's warmth and insight as a GP comes in, but don't expect things to tie off neatly. Life is messy, beautiful, incomplete, banal, full of glorious wonders and terrible times, and Cheng is an absolute marvel at mapping them. Oh my aching heart, another last sentence that knocked me over ❤ - #roomforastranger #melaniecheng #auslit #ausfic #instareads #bookstagram #instabooks #emotionalpunch
Tag Archives: when is my manuscript ready?
Just when you think you’ve finished! *play Jaws music here* Having just come out of a writing competition called Chapter 1 Blitz, run by the wonderful Freshly Squeezed website, I’ve been re-writing the first chapter of my young adult novel, … Continue reading