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Australiana

Yumna Kassab

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Ultimo Press
04 March 2022

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A very interesting attempt to portray a country town (I read: Tamworth) through a chorus of interlinking voices and small episodes that build a larger picture of rural life. There's tragedy, and hope, hard work and shattered dreams, small moments of possibility and crushing defeat. I admit I enjoyed the first two-thirds of the book more than the last part, which at times lost the thread and didn't always weave together neatly. But the writing is always fresh and immediate and well worth the reading for the many moments of deep perception and acute recognition. Lindy


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'The real deal.' - Favel Parrett, author of Past the Shallows and There Was Still Love

From the acclaimed author of The House of Youssef comes this extraordinary and unique novel shining a light on Australian rural life.

'Kassab creates an eerie sense of place as the reader is drawn into myriad perspectives and geographies. Without doubt Australiana is an unnerving contribution to contemporary novel writing in this continent.' - Books + Publishing

One small town, a multitude of stories.

When the river runs dry, the town runs red.

This could be any small town. It aches under the heat of summer. It flourishes in the cooler months. Everyone knows everyone. Their families, histories and stories are interwoven and well-known by one and all. Or at least, they think they are. But no-one sees anything quite the same way. Perceptions differ, truths are elusive, judgements have outcomes and everything is connected. For better or for worse.

This is a version of small-town Australia that is recognisable, both familiar and new, exploring the characters, threads, and connections that detail everyday life to reveal a much bigger story. A tapestry that makes up this place called home.

PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF YOUSSEF 'The unadorned style and unobtrusive realism of this book mask, at first, how experimental and original it is in other ways' - Sydney Morning Herald

'Kassab's prose is unsparing and frank yet unstinting' - Australian Book Review
 Australiana: A Novel



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Imprint:   Ultimo Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Trade Paperback
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781761150609
ISBN 10:   176115060X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book, The House of Youssef, was listed for prizes including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Queensland Literary Award, NSW Premier's Literary Award and The Stella Prize.

Reviews for Australiana

'Rare it is to read a voice as crisp and authentic as Kassab - the stories captured in Australiana show our country in all its complexity, mess and glory.' -- Zoya Patel 'Kassab creates an eerie sense of place as the reader is drawn into myriad perspectives and geographies. Without doubt Australiana is an unnerving contribution to contemporary novel writing in this continent.' -- Timmah Bell * Books + Publishing * The real deal. * Favel Parrett, author of Past the Shallows and There Was Still Love * The unadorned style and unobtrusive realism of this book mask, at first, how experimental and original it is in other ways. * Sydney Morning Herald * Kassab's prose is unsparing and frank yet unstinting. * Australian Book Review *


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