PINK MOUNTAIN ON LOCUST ISLAND

JAMIE MARINA LAU


OUT APRIL 2018 – PRE-ORDER NOW


 

Modernity, art, family, gender, drugs, music, adolescence, business, religion, internet cafes, food, strangers, aesthetics, vacations, fashion, desires, dreams, expectations, brown couches.

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 you around.

Pink Mountain on Locust Island is:

a)  a subterranean noir of the most electronic generation – the pink-white bursts of a teenaged nomad;

b)  a fizzing of the New Wave underground art province, with its melting pot of noise bands and Phife, amnesiac and digitalised bossa novas, and art installations about art installations;

c)  a 24-hour yank between pulverised English, elastic Cantonese and the newest, digitalised dialect of transcultural landscapes;

d)  a short novel narrated among the lumps of Monk’s daydreams, her violent, claustrophobic encounters, and her staccato movements through a hyperreal pop culture world that could only belong to our 21st century;

e)  all of the above.

 

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FORMAT: Paperback

LENGTH: 208 pp.

ISBN: 9780994606884

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2018

 

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.


PRAISE FOR PINK MOUNTAIN ON LOCUST ISLAND


“Lau’s surreal prose captures the confusion of adolescence in the 21st century. Vivid, inventive descriptions of yum cha, high-school friendships and claustrophobic apartment living evoke the experience of growing up in a diasporic community and the sensory overload of being surrounded by people, yet still alone. A stylish yet moving glimpse into the loneliness of being a teenage girl, Pink Mountain on Locust Island heralds the arrival of an electric new Australian writer.”
Kelsey Oldham, Books+Publishing