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  • YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    CHABON MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780007150939
    Title: YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    Author: CHABON MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska – and not Israel – had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II?

    In Michael Chabon's Yiddish-speaking 'Alyeska', Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold, leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from the Cosa Nostra – but behind Rebbe looms an even larger shadow. Despite sensible protests from Berko, his half-Tlingit, half-Jewish partner, Meyer is determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that means surrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitka's homicide unit – also known as his fearsome ex-wife, Bina.‘The Yiddish Policemen's Union' interweaves a homage to the stylish menace of 1940s film noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith. It is a novel of colossal ambition and heart from one of the most important and beloved writers working today.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YIELD
    YIELD
    WINCH TARA JUNE
    ISBN: 9780143785750
    Title: YIELD
    Author: WINCH TARA JUNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things- baayanha.

    Knowing that he will soon die, Albert 'Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

    August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather's death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land - a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

    Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YOU CANT DO BOTH
    YOU CANT DO BOTH
    AMIS KINGSLEY
    ISBN: 9780099461029
    Title: YOU CANT DO BOTH
    Author: AMIS KINGSLEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Robin Davies is both a shrewd observer and an energetic actor in a drama that takes him from school to Oxford. With him we live through all the pangs of a pre-war adolescence in South London, and on through his rites of passage to adulthood, involving rebellion, self-discovery, sex, seduction and commitment. You Can't Do Both is classic Amis - brilliantly funny, outrageous, and alive to every social nuance; it is also tender, compellingly insightful and strongly autobiographical.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE
    YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE
    BARR DAMIAN
    ISBN: 9781408886090
    Title: YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE
    Author: BARR DAMIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The book that will change the way you see the world.

    2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he's not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they 'make men out of boys'. Guaranteed.

    1901. The height of the second Boer War in South Africa. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY
    YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY
    CHA STEPH
    ISBN: 9780571348213
    Title: YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY
    Author: CHA STEPH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: January 2020 New Release

    ONE CITY. TWO FAMILIES. MANY SECRETS.

    In 1991 Shawn, a young African-American teen, his sister Ava, and cousin Ray, set out across LA to a screening of New Jack City. But in the volatile atmosphere of that time, they never make it inside the cinema.

    Nearly three decades later, police brutality still afflicts the city, but Grace, a Korean-American twenty-something pharmacist living and working with her parents, has her own problems, as she tries to figure out why her older sister, Miriam, still refuses to speak with their mother.

    Across the county, Shawn is trying to ease Ray, fresh out of prison, back into everyday life, but both men are struggling, still haunted by the events of 1991 and their shared loss. When a shocking new crime strikes the city, the lives of Grace and Shawn - two people from different cultures and generations - collide in a way which could change them forever.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • YOUTH
    YOUTH
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9780099433620
    Title: YOUTH
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Youth's narrator, a student in 1950s South Africa, has long been plotting an escape from his native country. Studying mathematics, reading poetry, saving money, he tries to ensure that when he arrives in the real world he will be prepared to experience life to its full intensity, and transform it into art. Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmers, from which random, loveless affaires offer no relief. Devoid of inspiration, he stops writing and begins a dark pilgrimage in which he is continually tested and continually found wanting.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • ZEBRA AND OTHER STORIES
    ZEBRA AND OTHER STORIES
    ADELAIDE DEBRA
    ISBN: 9781760781699
    Title: ZEBRA AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: ADELAIDE DEBRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tantalizing, enchanting, wry, and just a little fantastical, a collection of blackly comic stories and one singular novella about the PM and her extremely curious choice of pet.

    A body buried in a suburban backyard.

    A suicide pack worthy of Chekhov.

    A love affair born in a bookshop.

    The last days of Bennelong.

    And a very strange gift for a most unusual Prime Minister...

    Tantalising, poignant, wry, and just a little fantastical, this subversive collection of short fiction - and one singular novella - from bestselling author Debra Adelaide reminds us what twists of fate may be lurking just beneath the surface of the everyday.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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