Grief, racism and uncertain futures: novels by Melissa Lucashenko, Rodney Hall and others reflect society’s troubling themes.
I THINK IT’S fair to say that each year the selected novels on the Miles Franklin shortlist manifest the zeitgeist, reflecting on some of the issues that are troubling society. This year they take on and inflect some signature themes: racial/cultural relationships; human engagement with the natural world; and, threading through each novel, the problem of mourning — for lost loves, for the ruins of the past, for uncertain futures, for a hurt planet.
BOOKS REVIEWED By Jen Webb, The Guardian, co-published with The Conversation
• A Sand Archive by Gregory Day (Picador Australia)
• Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills (Picador Australia)
• The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmed (Hachette Australia)
• The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones (Text Publishing)
• Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (UQP)
• A Stolen Season by Rodney Hall (Picador Australia)
And the Miles Franklin 2019 winner …
Melissa Lucashenko: ‘We need a revolution’ By Stephanie Convery, The Guardian