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Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

Shankari Chandran

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06 January 2022
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'Deftly traversing time, culture and continent to weave a tale of both home and unbelonging, this is truly a novel not to be missed.' - Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of Foreign Soil and The Hate Race Welcome to Cinnamon Gardens, a home for those who are lost and the stories they treasure.

Cinnamon Gardens Nursing Home is nestled in the quiet suburb of Westgrove, Sydney - populated with residents with colourful histories, each with their own secrets, triumphs and failings. This is their safe place, an oasis of familiar delights - a beautiful garden, a busy kitchen and a bountiful recreation schedule.

But this ordinary neighbourhood is not without its prejudices. The serenity of Cinnamon Gardens is threatened by malignant forces more interested in what makes this refuge different rather than embracing the calm companionship that makes this place home to so many. As those who challenge the residents' existence make their stand against the nursing home with devastating consequences, our characters are forced to reckon with a country divided.

Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens is about family and memory, community and race, but is ultimately a love letter to storytelling and how our stories shape who we are.

'An engrossing, urgent, warm, wise and utterly, utterly beautiful novel.' - Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident and Love Objects
By:   Shankari Chandran
Imprint:   Ultimo Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Trade Paperback
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781761150319
ISBN 10:   1761150316
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   06 January 2022
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Shankari Chandran was raised in Canberra, Australia. She spent a decade in London, working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned home to Australia, where she now lives with her husband, four children and their cavoodle puppy, Benji. In January 2017, she published her first book with Perera-Hussein, called Song of the Sun God. Her second book, The Barrier, was published in June 2017.

Reviews for Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

'Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens is a lyrical, stirring, accomplished exploration of the trauma we carry, the secrets we keep, the histories we harbour, and the family we find. Chandran's characters are so vividly drawn you can sense them sitting across the table long after you've closed the covers. Deftly traversing time, culture and continent to weave a tale of both home and unbelonging, this is truly a novel not to be missed.' -- Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of Foreign Soil and The Hate Race


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