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Things That are Found in Trees and Other Stories
Author: Richard Rossiter
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 5 May 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 16.0 x 11.0
A partnership between Margaret River Press and Arts Margaret River, this compelling collection of new writing from Australian writers emerged from the inaugural 2011 Margaret River Short Story Competition. The competition consisted of an Open Category and a South West Category. Beverley Lello's winning entry in the Open Category, Things That Are Found in Trees, is a first person narrative that draws the reader in from the opening sentence: "I opened the newspaper today and saw a photograph of a dead elephant calf marooned in a tree by floods in Sri Lanka." This is the first 'thing' found in a tree within the story. The focus then shifts to the past and memories of an event that occurred when the narrator was seventeen. Central to the story is an event all too familiar in the lives of young men in rural Australia. But this is not a maudlin story. The writing is restrained, respectful and, wears its symbolism lightly. Second prize open category entry, Christine Piper's Stranded is a tightly written story set in Japan. The main character, Mr Takeda, is having an affair with a young woman not much older than his daughter. This is a very economica...
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