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Short Story Book Club: The Boat

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)
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The short story is a form which can excite, engage, enlighten and entertain— and be an entire fictional movement in 3000 words or less. In Australian publishing, we are seeing an unprecedented number of collections and anthologies being published by a combination of established writers and ground-breaking new talents. 

Join emerging writer, Emily Paull, at our monthly Short Story Book Club for people who read and write short stories, as well as those who simply revel in the written word. We will explore exquisite, iconic short fiction collections from the Australian literary canon, modern classics, soon to be published gems, and award-winning collections.

We’ll tease out why these stories resonate, examine the greater motivations behind their work, and revel in the joys of perfectly constructed tale.

The Boat by Nam Lee

A stunningly inventive, deeply moving fiction debut: stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran; from New York City to Iowa City; from a tiny fishing village in Australia to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea, in a masterly display of literary virtuosity and feeling.

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In the magnificent opening story, Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice, a young writer is urged by his friends to mine his father;s experiences in Vietnam and what seems at first a satire of turning one’s life into literary commerce becomes a transcendent exploration of homeland, and the ties between father and son. Cartagena provides a visceral glimpse of life in Colombia as it enters the mind of a fourteen-year-old hit man facing the ultimate test. In Meeting Elise an aging New York painter mourns his body’s decline as he prepares to meet his daughter on the eve of her Carnegie Hall debut. And with graceful symmetry, the final, title story returns to Vietnam, to a fishing trawler crowded with refugees, where a young woman’s bond with a mother and her small son forces both women to a shattering decision.

Brilliant, daring, and demonstrating a jaw-dropping versatility of voice and point of view, The Boat is an extraordinary work of fiction that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human, and announces a writer of astonishing gifts.

If you’re keen to come to each session, order and purchase the texts as soon as possible. Centre for Stories' preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

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