Description - Locust Girl: A Love Song by Merlinda Bobis
This novel is a fairytale, a political allegory, and a philosophical interrogation of the human heart. Most everything has dried up: water, the womb, even the love among lovers. The earth is now mostly desert, except the last green haven behind the border where the carers of the earth preserve the natural order. Carers manage the earth's last resources and keep the wasters out. But in the vast dry outside, hunger is the pernicious plague, and people feed on sand and locusts. So they walk the dry to cross the border. But once, terrible fires crossed it too and devastated the green haven. Since then, carers have been ever-more vigilant and afraid. One night, a village is bombed for seeking to walk to the border. Only two survive: nine-year old Amedea and a locust buried in her brow. This is the story of the Locust Girl. This is her lovesong -- for those walking to the border for dear life, and those guarding the border for dear life.
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Author Biography - Merlinda Bobis
Merlinda Bobis is a contemporary Philippine Australian writer and academic who has received numerous awards for her prose fiction, poetry and plays. Her most recent novel Fish-Hair Woman won the 2013 MUBA Award and was shortlisted for the 2013 Davitt Awards for the Best crime and mystery books by Australian women. In the Philippines it won the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language 2014. As a multi-genre writer and a performer for stage and radio, Bobis has worked with artists from various disciplines. She is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
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