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The Incredible Here and Now

by Felicity Castagna

Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros’ Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael’s coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where ‘those who don’t know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors’, and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures. Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael’s community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman.

About Felicity Castagna

Felicity Castagna's work has been produced for  ABC Radio National and ABC television.  She has been widely published in journals, anthologies and newspapers including; Heat, The Age, The Sun Herald, Island, Wet Ink and Award Winning Australian Writing. She has published a book of short stories about travel called Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia (Transit Lounge, 2011) and a western Sydney focused young adult novel called  The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo, 2013). She has many years experience in teaching creative writing workshops in schools writing centres and other institutions and also works as a community arts worker, editor and writing mentor.


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