Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD

    • 3.8 • 254 Ratings
    • $14.99
    • $14.99

Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD

‘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

‘Chandran is an excellent storyteller.’ - The Weekend Australian

‘This is an engaging story that feels both urgent and necessary. It is also a terrific read.’ - The Daily Telegraph

‘this story burns with anger and sings with optimism, sprinkled through with moments of levity and humour.’ - The Canberra Times
 
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.

'Wise and dignified.' - The Australian Women's Weekly

‘An engrossing, urgent, warm, wise and utterly, utterly beautiful novel.’ - Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident and Love Objects

This is a book that requires concentration and full immersion – but it will reward the reader for that investment.’ - The Guardian

‘a powerful, compassionate novel about friendship, family, community-building, and the racism faced by members of diasporic communities in this country.’ - The AU Review

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
5 January
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Ultimo Press
SELLER
Hardie Grant books PTY Ltd
SIZE
4.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Leron Kamberi ,

I don’t know what to say to you about this but you

I don’t know what to say to that man but he was a great man I love you more and I love you and don’t forget that I’m here for him I just want him in your life and you can always come home to me if you feel like you need me to come home to you and I will be here for him in a little bit I just need you to come home to yourself and be with him for the whole time I don’t know if I can do that but you know that I know that I’m here for him and I’m here to help you and you and I love you I love him and I’m just saying I love him and I’m not saying that but I don’t know if you need to talk with you and I don’t know what you know I love you too much I love and I don’t know how to say that makes me a big hug and I don’t know if you can talk to me and I’m just trying not to get out and I don’t care about me and that’s it doesn’t matter what happens I don’t want to talk with you can talk about anything I just don’t know what to do whatever I love and I don’t know what to say or

Jeannepunita ,

An incredible book

I loved this book - intelligent, thought provoking, shocking, unbearably sad, funny, beautiful, life-affirming.

ybaw ,

Unbelievably bad.

Unable to give this book even one star.
Only fit for recyclables bin.

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