Author(s): Julie Chevalier
Ten Australian stories and how they were written. Stories and essays by ten talented writers, including Maria Takolander, Tony Birch and Jennifer Mills. Introduction by Amanda Lohrey. Cracking The Spine is the most innovative resource in Australian literature I have seen in many years. An anthology of contemporary short stories, each with a commentary by their authors, the collection breaks down the wall between the creative and discursive, the imagistic and the expository. Filled with cutting-edge, innovative writers and armed with an expansive definition of what it is to be an Australian, Cracking the Spine will be at once accessible to undergraduate students and informative and challenging for their teachers. What a thrill to see a work like this come about!
Julie Chevalier is a poet and short story writer. She grew up in New Jersey and went to St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, and now lives in Sydney. Bronwyn Mehan is a poet and fiction writer, and runs Spineless Wonders.