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The Family Law
Author: Benjamin Law

ISBN: 9781863955317
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1 June 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.8
Description:
My family aren't the outdoors type. Despite being raised on the coast, Mum detested visits to the beach (all the sand it brought into the house), while Dad disapproved of wearing thongs ('It splits the toes'). We never camped. All those things involved in camping-pitching a tent; cooking on open fires; the insects; shitting in the woods; sleeping on rocks; getting murdered and raped in the middle of nowhere-they never appealed to us.

'We were never camping people,' Mum says now. 'Your dad never wanted to camp, and insects eat me alive. See, Asians-we're scared of dying. White people: they like to 'live life to the full', and 'die happy.''

She pauses. 'Asians are the opposite.'

We preferred theme parks.

Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a born humorist - and a literary star in the making. Benjamin Law invites readers into the world of his endearing yet profoundly eccentric family. He constructs brilliantly turned essays in the style of David Sedaris, assembling a portrait that is both universal and utterly particular.

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