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The Permanent Resident
A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother’s offer to coach her son’s soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. A recent migrant considers taking the fall for a second generation ‘friend’. A wife refuses to let her husband look at her phone. An international student gets off a train at night.
Roanna Gonsalves’ short stories unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants, steering through clashes of cultures, trials of faith, and squalls of racism. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, they cut to the truth of what it means to be a modern outsider.
Praise for The Permanent Resident:
This collection of stories invites the careful reader to contemplate and understand what it really means to be a migrant and, more widely, what it means to live within the intensely multicultural society that is modern Australia. Readers will be able to relate to what it is to be human, regardless of ethnic, racial or national origin, in our striving to win acceptance, security and a better life.SUZANNE MARKS, THE NEWTOWN REVIEW OF BOOKS