Dual Miles Franklin Award-winner Michelle de Kretser’s Scary Monsters tells the stories of two immigrant Australians, both of Asian heritage: Lili, a 22-year-old in 1980s France, and Lyle, living in a near future semi-dystopian Australia ravaged by bushfires, intolerance and capitalism. Set in the past and the future, Scary Monsters is a supremely contemporary novel, with a sharp dark humour that belies the seriousness of the themes it explores, and an audacious reversible format that acts as a playful physical embodiment of the migrant’s disorientation.
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Michelle de Kretser is a writer born in Sri Lanka who lives in Sydney. Her fiction has won many prestigious awards, including the Commonwealth Prize and the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year, and she is a two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Award. Her most recent novel is Scary Monsters.