A novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a mental illness, from the highly commended author of Freedom Swimmer.
SHORT-LISTED: 2020 Prime Minister's Literary Award, Young Adult Fiction
Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad's restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen. But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.
A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family.
'A book with a huge heartbeat and so much love infused in every page.' Alice Pung, author of Laurinda
'Deeply immersive storytelling, with sophistication and unfailing empathy. I adored this book.' Leanne Hall, author of Iris and the Tiger
'A heartwarming tale of family, food, and first love that will make you cry both happy and sad tears.' Justine Labalestier, author of My Sister Rosa
Shortlisted Best Young Adult Literature, Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2020 AU; Shortlisted Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020 AU; Shortlisted Book of the Year for Older Children, ABIA Awards 2020 AU; Longlisted Best Book for Older Readers, CBCA Awards 2020 AU; Shortlisted Best Designed Young Adult Cover, Australian Book Design Awards 2020 AU; Winner Best Young Adult Novel, Indie Book Awards 2020 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
12 - 16
Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)