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WINNER– Indie Book Awards 2015 (Best Debut Fiction Book)
WINNER– The ABIA Award (Literary Fiction Book of the Year) 2015
WINNER– Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists of 2015
WINNER– Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award 2013

Foreign Soil will stay with you with the force of elemental truth. Clarke is the real deal’ Dave Eggers

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.

In Melbourne’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.

The book is called Foreign Soil. Inside its covers, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre, a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike, an enraged black militant is on the warpath through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance, a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny, and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.

The young mother keeps writing, the rejection letters keep arriving . . .

‘A woven tapestry of the shared experience of living in a country that is not your own’ Stylist

Reviews

A phenomenal achievement . . . Clarke writes with both fists raised.
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