Gunk Baby

Author:   Jamie Marina Lau
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
ISBN:  

9781474620901


Pages:   352
Publication Date:   08 July 2021
Format:   Hardback
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'A tender horror story, all the more haunting for being so familiar . . . Lau's voice is cool, precise yet unfailingly human, taking aim at mall culture, work culture and consumer culture, and revealing them as excuses we whisper to ourselves as we lurch slowly towards a luxurious void' Roisin Kiberd, author of The Disconnect The suburbs of Par Mars. Two shopping centres, rows of estates and thematically designed neighbourhoods. Twenty-four-year-old Leen is going to open an ear-cleaning and massage studio in the Topic Heights Shopping Centre, taking her mother's Chinese ritual to the West to bring people back to their bodies. But something is not quite right in Par Mars. Managers are being attacked, and when Leen befriends Jean Paul, a pharmacist who is obsessed with a cryptic online forum, she finds herself involved in a community that is intent on disrupting the routines of capitalism in increasingly troubling ways. With a fierce intellect and masterful storytelling, Jamie Marina Lau brings to life a world that is devastatingly close to our own. Taking aim at consumerism and class, orientalism and the Zen movement, violence and middle-class boredom, GUNK BABY is inventive, unforgettable and from a voice younger, newer and more critical than most.

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Author:   Jamie Marina Lau
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions:   Width: 16.00cm , Height: 3.60cm , Length: 23.80cm
Weight:   0.580kg
ISBN:  

9781474620901


ISBN 10:   1474620906
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   08 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Lau's dizzying prose is like a series of crazy neon-lit performance art -- The Stella Prize Judges on PINK MOUNTAIN ON LOCUST ISLAND


Lau's dizzying prose is like a series of crazy neon-lit performance art -- The Stella Prize Judges on PINK MOUNTAIN ON LOCUST ISLAND Taking aim at consumerism, class and orientalism, Gunk Baby is an original and unforgettable read. * COSMOPOLITAN *


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Jamie Marina Lau is a multidisciplinary artist and author. Her first novel Pink Mountain on Locust Island was published in Australia in 2018 and received the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Readings Residency Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the 2019 Stella Prize and the 2019 ALS Gold Medal. Lau received the title of Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist in 2019 for her work. With explorations focusing on experimental uses of language, Lau's work meditates on a landscape exploring dis-location of culture and space. Lau has previously worked with publications and creative organisations such as Google Creative Lab, Digital Writers Festival (AUS), Visual Editions (UK), Art Gallery of New South Wales (AUS) and Voiceworks (AUS).

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