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Scary monsters : a novel in two parts

Michelle De Kretser (Author)
"'When my family emigrated it felt as if we'd been stood on our heads.' Michelle de Kretser's electrifying book turns the novel upside down, just as migrating 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 neighbor. 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 mesmerizing novel. Its reversible format enacts the disorientation that migrants experience when changing countries changes the stories of their lives. With this suspenseful, funny, profound book, Michelle de Kretser has made something thrilling and new." -- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2022
Catapult, New York, 2022