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Description - Zebra: And Other Stories by Debra Adelaide

A body buried in a suburban backyard.

A suicide pact worthy of Chekhov.

A love affair born in a bookshop.

The last days of Bennelong.

And a very strange gift for a most unusual Prime Minister...

Tantalising, poignant, wry, and just a little fantastical, this subversive collection of short fiction - and one singular novella - from bestselling author Debra Adelaide reminds us what twists of fate may be lurking just beneath the surface of the everyday.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND STEELE RUDD AWARD FOR A SHORT STORY COLLECTION 2019

PRAISE FOR DEBRA ADELAIDE

'Deliciously maverick...dazzlingly original' The Age

'Comic and ironic...while at the same time serious and deeply moving' Sydney Morning Herald

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781760781699
Format: Paperback / softback
(233mm x 154mm x 26mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Picador Australia
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2019
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Zebra: And Other Stories by Debra Adelaide - Reviewed by (19 Dec 2019)

4 stars Zebra is a collection of short stories and a novella by Australian author, Debra Adelaide. It’s a mixed bag: many of the stories are good, some are a little vague, one or two are outstanding. It probably won’t be apparent until the reader gets to the Third section (if it is, in fact, noticed at all) that the stories in the First section is written in the first person, the Second section in the second person (which may not be a favourite for some readers) and, predictably then, the Third section is written in the third person. Also, some of the stories omit quote marks for speech, which will irritate some readers.

“Festive Food for the Whole Family” will resonate with anyone who has had to cater for guests with allergies, particular tastes or sensitivities. “Migraines for Beginners” presents great insight into the plight of the sufferer: “…and an hour after falling into your own bed you begin to feel that unique and distinct sensation that every migraine sufferer knows: that hard welcome empty space in your head that might be nothing at all but is the very palpable absence of pain.” “The Master Shavers’ Association of Paradise” is a heart-breaking, moving piece from the perspective of an asylum-seeker in detention. “Carry Your Heart” is a delightful encounter that begins in a bookshop. But the title novella, “Zebra”, featuring a peony-loving PM, a nasty neighbour and a zebra? This one is truly excellent and the book is worth acquiring for that story alone. Exceptional Aussie fiction.


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