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.
Won - 2018 NSW Premier's Literary Awards (Multicultural NSW Award)
Longlisted - 2018 Dobbie Literary Award
Praise for The Permanent Resident:
The Permanent Resident is a brilliant fashioning of newness in the Australian literary landscape.MICHELLE DE KRETSER, WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD
I’ve loved the sly wit and self-aware protagonists of Roanna Gonsalves’ debut collection The Permanent Resident. Saucy, wry and full of unexpected detail, it's the perfect antidote to Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson's xenophobia.MIREILLE JUCHAU, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
Gonsalves takes fears that are spoken about only behind closed doors, and brings them unapologetically into the open.YEN-RONG WONG, THE LIFTED BROW
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