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An unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction. Embracing the noir tradition and featuring a prose style quite unlike any before, with references that will go both over your head and under your feet, Pink Mountain on Locust Island will flip readers upside down and turn your understanding of the world around around.
Modernity, art, family, gender, drugs, music, adolescence, business, religion, internet cafes, food, strangers, aesthetics, vacations, fashion, desires, dreams, expectations, brown couches.
• The debut novel of 20-year-old polymath Jamie Marina Lau
• Set in Chinatown as well as across inner suburbia
• A hyperreal depiction of our modern transcultural world
About the book
Monk lives in Chinatown with her washed-up painter father. When Santa Coy—possible boyfriend, potential accomplice—enters their lives, an intoxicating hunger consumes their home. So begins a heady descent into art, casino resorts, drugs, vacant swimming pools, religion, pixelated tutorial videos, and senseless violence.
In bursts of fizzing, staccato and claustrophobic prose, this modern Australian take on the classic hard-boiled novel bounces you between pulverised English, elastic Cantonese and the new dialect of a digitised world.
Tip over into a subterranean noir of the most electronic generation.
About the author
Jamie Marina Lau (劉劍冰) is a 20-year-old writer and musician from Melbourne. Her work can be found in Cordite, ROOKIE magazine, Voiceworks, the Art Hoe Collective and in Monash University’s 2016 anthology Futures. She is currently studying film and literature, producing music, and working on more fiction.
In Australian writer Lau's perceptive debut, an angsty teen misunderstands the actions and intentions of those around her. Monk, 15, lives with her volatile father in the Chinatown of an unnamed city, where "the gutters bulge with sesame oil" and her father's "voice swells, fattening the timber." After she starts hanging out with Santa Coy, a moody 19-year-old aspiring artist, Monk's father, a former art teacher, begins showing Santa Coy's art to his former colleagues. Monk feels excluded from the bond between the two as they achieve sudden financial success, and grows tired of cleaning up Santa Coy's messy painting studio. She asks a friend's mother, Honey, for some voodoo tips, hoping to cast a spell on them ("I'll tell them, you're not the kings of the world, you know?"). When Monk's father is badly beaten by strangers, Monk assumes it is mystical retribution and goes back to Honey, who instructs her to set a woman's house on fire. Instead, Monk discovers there's more than paintings behind her father and Santa Coy's newfound wealth. The immediacy of the terse, somewhat choppy style amplifies Monk's confusion and emotional turmoil. This inventive work satisfies in its blending of teenage ennui and a fragmented noir aesthetic.