Picture this: You live in a fabulous apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, complete with your own phone line, all the privacy you want (because your parents are never home), and your own bedroom and bathroom.
You attend the exclusive all-girls Spenford School.
Weekends are filled with parties, fundraisers, and shopping for the latest fashions.
You have endless money to spend, a perfect boyfriend, and a first-class ticket to the college of your choice.
Chances are, Gossip Girl is watching you.
LAURETH PEAK’S father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. When he goes missing while researching coincidence for a new book, Laureth and her younger brother fly from London to New York and must unravel a series of cryptic messages to find him. The complication: Laureth is blind. Reliant on her other senses and on her brother to survive, Laureth finds that rescuing her father will take all her skill at spotting the extraordinary, and sometimes dangerous, connections in a world full of darkness.
Asian-Australians have often been written about by outsiders, as outsiders. In this collection, compiled by award-winning author Alice Pung, they tell their own stories with verve, courage and a large dose of humour.
They tell tales of leaving home, falling in love, coming out and finding one’s feet. A young Cindy Pan vows to win every single category of Nobel Prize. Tony Ayres blows a kiss to a skinhead and lives to tell the tale. Benjamin Law has a close encounter with some angry Australian fauna, and Kylie Kwong makes a moving pilgrimage to her great-grandfather’s Chinese village.