'Paul Mitchell's debut We. Are. Family. is an exploration of the darker side of Australian masculinity, a tale of domestic violence that flows through three generations like a family curse. Mitchell is a terse and observant writer, as alive to the particulars of Aussie idiom and experience as Tim Winton, but less showy. His male characters have an unnerving, archetypal quality to them, and the constraints of gender make them ill-equipped to see or share a legacy of trauma of which Mitchell makes the reader acutely conscious. ...'