Author(s): A. S. Patric
New paperback edition of highly praised collection of stories.'One of the most interesting and valuable writers working in Australia today.' The Australian Eleven stories. Each like a matchstick struck to illuminate the darkness. Evocations of place ranging from a Bangla jungle to the deep, blue Danube to a winter beach in Melbourne excite and seduce. But what truly draws the reader in are the unexpected landscapes of people's lives, explored with rare sensitivity, grace and a fearless truthfulness. A lonely St Kilda chef invites a beautiful busker to use his spare room. A father sings a lullaby to comfort his young daughter who has woken from a nightmare. A taxi driver picks up an old-world gentleman who is reluctant to disclose his destination. A young immigrant boy growing up in the western suburbs of Melbourne daydreams of infinite possibility.Death, loneliness, passion and belief: Patri¿ takes on the big questions in life and writes about the small people of the world with stylistic verve and deep humanity.