The desire to belong and be accepted is a central theme
Australia Day By Melanie Cheng Short Stories
Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian and Muslim.
What they have in common — no matter what their background — is the desire we all share to feel 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.
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.
Work, Strife, Balance By Mia Freedman Adult Non-Fiction 305.42092 FRE
This book is for every woman who’s been told success is as simple as Lean In, Say Yes, Live Your Best Life, Beat Your Fear, Follow Your Dream... and then feel #soblessed. It’s for guilty friends, bad mums, imperfect feminists, rebellious daughters and any girl with a big mouth and at least one foot in it. It’s for any woman who’s ever asked: “Am I the only one who isn’t quite coping?” Here is Mia Freedman's low road to the top — a fearless, hilarious, inspiring and surprising collection of modern misadventures to read, relate to and rejoice in, then share with all the women in your life.
Central Station By Lavie Tidhar Adult Science Fiction
When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. His ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. Rising above them all is Central Station, the hub between all things, where humans and machines continue to adapt.
A Horse Walks into a Bar By David Grossman Adult Fiction General
This is a shocking and breathtaking read. Betrayals between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt demanding redress. David Grossman has reached yet another literary peak that is emotionally equal to his previous books and stunning, even outrageous, in its inventions and complexity.