Pink Mountain on Locust Island
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About the Author
Jamie Marina Lau is a twenty-three-year-old multidisciplinary writer and artist. Her debut novel Pink Mountain on Locust Island won the 2018 Melbourne Prize Readings Residency Award; was shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize, the 2019 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and the Australia Literature Society Gold Medal. Her writing can also be found in various publications. She is currently in the process of writing her second novel, Gunk Baby, working on various projects, and producing music.
"Bouncing with the violence of everyday banality, Pink Mountain on Locust Island understands how the malaise of youth can turn the humdrum into the magical. Not Magical Realism or anything like that, but the sparkle of each unoriginal moment. The way the lumped-upon-lumpness of life becomes a rhythm to set ones watch to and, within this predictable everydayness, build a fully and uniquely original alternate reality. Jaime Marina Lau has the poetic third eye and she walks between worlds. Weird AF, but in that good way." --Nikki Darling
"[A] deliciously disjointed novel . . . [with] fizzingly short chapters and an ultra-contemporary plot that seems tailor-made to appeal to distracted digital natives." --ELLE Australia
"This book is like nothing you have ever read before--a kaleidoscope of colours, smells and fragments of life observed by a teenager in a Chinatown somewhere in an unknown city. . . . Lau's dizzying prose is like a series of crazy neon-lit performance art as she dissects, with extraordinary effervescence, Monk's teenage angst, her struggles to fit in with her school friends, their parents, her father and her unhappily married sister." --Stella Prize Citation