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Black Rock White City by A. S. Patric

Black Rock White City

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Black Rock White City by A. S. Patric
Sep 05, 2017 | 240 Pages
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“Patric’s suspenseful and harrowing debut brilliantly explores life as a refugee in Melbourne, Australia… a heartbreaking yet hopeful work about how trauma can erase identity and drive people to reinvent themselves.”

“Paints a convincing snapshot of emigre life, rendering its banal humiliations with pointed weariness… Patric’s prose is energetic and engaging… its sensitive exploration of the innate human need to put down roots is admirably ambitious and timely.” THE GUARDIAN

“Patric’s images will remain indelibly and affectingly in readers’ minds.”

“A startling, stunning account of displacement that speaks not just of and to those forced from their homelands, but also to any of us who currently wonder what country it is we live in now.” LITHUB

“Patrić has certainly accomplished something notable… this marks the emergence of a force to be reckoned with in Australian literature.”

“A fresh and powerful exploration of the immigrant experience and Australian life, Black Rock White City explores the damages of war, the constraints of choice, the possibility of redemptive love and social isolation amid suburbia.”
—Miles Franklin Literary Award citation

“Dark and devastating as it might be, Black Rock White City is an unforgettable, poetic celebration of those who choose to carry on no matter what war has wrought upon them, and those who refuse to give up on love regardless of the cost. A.S. Patrić is the definition of a gifted writer.”
—Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers

“A disturbing, eerie inquiry into the power of language, the price of exile and the cost of survival. A.S. Patric’s debut novel is haunting and haunted, but above all, humane.”
—Geraldine Brooks

“Dark, confronting, but also intensely lyrical. A powerful account of the compulsions and traumas that haunt the suburbs of 21st century living.”
 —David Malouf

“A.S. Patrić, one of Australia’s finest writers, explores the territories of culture, identity, and love with a surgeon’s precision and an artist’s eye.”
—Krys Lee, author of How I Became a North Korean

“A bold, mature and compassionate novel, and I couldn’t put it down.”
—Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap
“Patrić is a masterful writer . . . I will carry this book on and on.”
“Formally rigorous and emotionally powerful, [Patric’s] new novel can only add to his stature as one of the most fascinating writers in this part of the world”

“A.S. Patric grabs his reader’s attention… Patric gives an astute, affecting portrayal of adapting to life in a new country, navigating the shifting balance of grief and hope as his émigrés learn what cannot be left behind and what can.” —THE SPECTATOR

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