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The Yield is a revelation of a silenced people putting their essence into words and sending its message out into the world. Winch's award-winning novel begins with August, a woman of aboriginal descent, returning to Australia to attend her grandfather's funeral. The family homestead in remote Massacre Falls is in danger of being taken over by a tin mine, which affords August an uncertain homecoming. Along with excerpts form the dictionary of the Wiradjuri langauge compiled by August's grandfather, the novel stretches to encompass a German missionary's account of the story of Massacre Falls itself, amid these plotlines, August slowly regains her connection to her people and the land they're losing. Winch's playful yet clear-eyed telling gains the force of a shout against the forces of oppression that would destroy us all.

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ISBN: 9780063003477
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Published: HarperVia - June 15th, 2021

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A first-generation son of Cambodian refugees, So writes with tenderness and humor about the lives of young people in a Cambodian-American community. Struggling with the tension of growing up American with a generation of parents still suffering the trauma of escaping the Cambodian genocide, So's characters sparkle with wit and irreverence despite the pain that haunts them. The stories he writes are messy, charting his characters' complicated efforts to carve out a place for themselves and to find meaning in the detritus inherited from their parents’ shattered worlds and the coping mechanisms they've developed to compensate.

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ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

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Claire Luchette's debut is a gem of a novel. It's gentle, funny, dark at times, honest, told in concise pithy chapters. It reminded me of Miriam Toews's early books, especially Agatha's observations and questions about the world around her. It's a wonderful read about making your own life and finding where you belong.

Agatha of Little Neon: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374265267
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 3rd, 2021