A child assassin in Colombia; an ageing New York artist desperate to be reconciled with his daughter; a boy’s coming of age in a rough Victorian fishing town; a Japanese schoolchild moments before the bomb is dropped on Hiroshima − all sandwiched between two semi-autobiographical tales. The Boat, by Vietnamese-born Australian Nam Le, has garnered outstanding reviews all over the world. It’s a collection of astonishing diversity and achievement by one of our most assured and promising new writers.
Winner, Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2009.
A fearless new Australian voice that accepts no geographical limits: these are stories of leaping power and the most breath-taking grace and intimacy.’ Helen Garner
‘The runaway literary success of 2008.’ Weekend Australian
‘Wonderful stories that snarl and pant across our crazed world . . . an extraordinary performance. Nam Le is a heartbreaker, not easily forgotten.’ Junot Diaz