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Ghachar Ghochar is a deliciously nasty little story.Our narrator is sat in Coffee Shop, a Bangalore restaurant that has humble origins. He sits, making his coffee last for hours, admiring the sophistication and discretion of Vincent, the handsome waiter. Our narrator quietly watches the drama in other people’s lives unfold around him, sitting serenely with his coffee getting cold. This inspires our narrator into reminiscing how he came to be sat there. Our narrator’s story peels back in layers like an onion. First he tells us of his daily life coming to the Coffee Shop; then he tells us how th
Welcome to Orphancorp is a novella set in a dystopian Australia where orphanages have been commodified, the young people in their care being little more than child labourers working for the enrichment of persons unseen. The staff are mostly unthinking automata, but at worst they are sadistic jailers. We meet Mirii, a sassy 17 year old who is due to be released into the open in just a week. She has to keep her nose clean to avoid missing her release and being packed off to Prisoncorp – which in any case seems to be the fate of former orphans who don’t quickly find employment and accommodati
It’s hard to see the cover of Wave with contrasting thin, pink spine and not wonder what could be held within. We meet Âu Cô, a student whose parents have sent her from Hanoi to study in Melbourne. And we meet Midori, also a student, whose parents have sent her from Fukushima to Melbourne, partly to study and partly, it seems, because she was not fitting in well to life in Japan. As Asian students in Melbourne, they form part of a large but little understood community, perceived by outsiders to be cold, indistinguishable and unknowable. Their fractured English makes them seem like hard wor