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Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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'Alice Aigner is successful, independent and a confirmed serial dater - but at her ten-year school reunion she has a sudden change of heart. Bored rigid by her married, mortgaged and motherly former classmates, Alice decides to prove that a woman can have it all: a man, marriage, career, kids and a mind of her own.

'She sets herself a goal: meet the perfect man and marry him before her thirtieth birthday, just under two years away. Together with her best friends Dannie, Liza and Peta, Alice draws up a ten-point plan. Then, with a little help from her mum, her dad, her brothers, her colleagues and her neighbour across the hall, she sets out to find Mr Right. Unfortunately for Alice, it's not quite as easy as she imagines.

'Who could not fall in love with our Koori heroine as she dates (among others): Renan, whose career goal is to be the world's best moonwalker and male hula dancer; Tufu the commitment-phobic Samoan football player; scary Simon the one-night stand; and Paul - Mr Dreamboat, but perhaps too good to be true. All the while, Alice skilfully avoids dating Cliff, son of her mum's friend, a confirmed bachelor who isn't likely to settle down with a woman anytime soon.' (Publisher's blurb)

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  • Other formats: Also e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Bantam Australia , 2007 .
      Cover image courtesy of Random House Australia.
      Extent: 342p.
      ISBN: 1863255117 (pbk), 9781863255110 (pbk)
Language: French
Notes:
traduit de l'anglais par Virginie Lochou.
    • Enghien-les-bains, Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ed. de La Lagune , 2007 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 284p.
      ISBN: 9782849691137, 2849691135

Works about this Work

“The Pretty and the Political Didn’t Seem to Blend Well” : Reconciling Competing Ideological Imperatives in Anita Heiss’ Chick Lit Imogen Mathew , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;
'In recent decades, chick lit has become a ubiquitous – if not always celebrated – feature of the contemporary literary, social and cultural landscape. In Australia, Anita Heiss is one of the genre’s preeminent practitioners, and the only Aboriginal author writing chick lit for a mainstream, middleclass audience. A close reading of two of her novels (Not Meeting Mr Right and Manhattan Dreaming) reveals a deep political engagement running through her fiction. On the one hand, this political engagement is expressed by Heiss’ commitment to foregrounding the lives and experiences of young, urban, Aboriginal women. On the other hand, the narrative is peppered with references to, and discussion of, urgent political issues: from banning the burqa in France to protesting the Northern Territory intervention in Melbourne. While Heiss’ political engagement is of an unapologetically, left-wing, liberal cast, the analysis undertaken in this article will show that a surprisingly conservative bias forms the subtext to many of the political interventions in Heiss’ fiction. Galvanised by the question of why there should be such competing ideological imperatives at work in her fiction, this article will argue that the demands of an inherently conservative genre restrain and limit the extent to which chick lit can be used to promulgate a socially progressive vision.' (Publication abstract)
Je N’ai Pas (encore) Rencontré L’homme Idéal – Anita Heiss Mademoiselle Maeve , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Mademoiselle Maeve 2015;

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
Sex and the Global City : Chick Lit with a Difference Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Women's Writing , July vol. 5 no. 2 2011; (p. 107-124)
'Chick lit' by young non-Western writers provides a rich field of investigation for critics interested in the interaction between local and global, cosmopolitan and vernacular, and between the different inflections of cosmopolitanism which emerge against a complex backdrop of contemporary popular culture and age-old traditional practices. The paper focuses on four novels modelled on Candace Bushnell's chick lit 'classic' Sex and the City: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, The People's Republic of Desire by Annie Wang and two novels by Indigenous Australian author Anita Heiss, Not Meeting Mr Right and Avoiding Mr Right. The veneer of consumer cosmopolitanism plays a part in all these books, but they can also be read as illustrations of the 'discrepant modernities' which have given rise to different cosmopolitanisms. [Author's abstract]
What Anita Heiss Wants... Tara Ali , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Women's Health , March 2010; (p. 88-90)
'Dubbed Indigenous Australia's answer to Carrie Bradshaw, the multi-talented writer shares her secrets for creating the life that want- via a few stops st Tiffany's.' Source: Women's Health (March 2010)
Michael Leslie Wins Red Ochre 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Artery , no. 13 2010; (p. 3)
Anti-Nativism in Australian Indigenous Literature Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kultura Historia Globalizacja , no. 7 2010; (p. 53-64)
'What in today's literary discourse are the reality and the world created by the words: nativism, nativity, the native, native? Why do we still speak and communicate with them and use them in different contexts, even though we know that these words often carry a negative emotional meaning load, taking us to spaces, times, and experiences of colonial suffering, despite their basis in academic arguments. In Australia such issues have been addressed by many Indigenous writers, amongst them — M. Langton, A. Moreton- Robinson, Mudrooroo, C. Watego, T. Birch, F. Bayet — Charlton, to name just a few.' (Author's introduction)
Anita Heiss Puts Koori Slant on Sex and the City Judy Skatssoon , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 July 2008;

— Review of Avoiding Mr Right Anita Heiss 2008 single work novel
'I Advocate All Single Women Boycott the Whole Thing' : Cupid's Day Can Go Away Genevieve Read , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Tasmanian , 11 February 2007; (p. 24)
Hot spots for lovers Tonya Turner , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 March 2007; (p. 41)
Sydney by the Book Malcolm Knox , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , May no. 49 2007; (p. 66-72)
Knox comments on the ways in which Sydney's suburbs have inspired a range of contemporary authors.
Untitled Larissa Behrendt , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 18 October vol. 6 no. 140 2007; (p. 30)
Lit Chick's Foray into 'Chick Lit' Nancia Guivarra , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 28 February no. 395 2007; (p. 40)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
Valentine's Day Date for Not Meeting Mr Right Larissa Behrendt , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 8 February vol. 6 no. 122 2007; (p. 32)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
The Pointed Review Larissa Behrendt , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 29 November vol. 6 no. 143 2007; (p. 30)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
Entertaining Escape with Stylistic Glitches Nicole Becerra-Gurley , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 21 no. 2 2007; (p. 187-188)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
Lit Chick's Foray into 'Chick Lit' Nancia Guivarra , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 28 February no. 395 2007; (p. 40)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
Valentine's Day Date for Not Meeting Mr Right Larissa Behrendt , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 8 February vol. 6 no. 122 2007; (p. 32)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
The Pointed Review Larissa Behrendt , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 29 November vol. 6 no. 143 2007; (p. 30)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
Entertaining Escape with Stylistic Glitches Nicole Becerra-Gurley , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 21 no. 2 2007; (p. 187-188)

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
Je N’ai Pas (encore) Rencontré L’homme Idéal – Anita Heiss Mademoiselle Maeve , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Mademoiselle Maeve 2015;

— Review of Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss 2007 single work novel
'I Advocate All Single Women Boycott the Whole Thing' : Cupid's Day Can Go Away Genevieve Read , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Tasmanian , 11 February 2007; (p. 24)
Hot spots for lovers Tonya Turner , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 March 2007; (p. 41)
Sydney by the Book Malcolm Knox , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , May no. 49 2007; (p. 66-72)
Knox comments on the ways in which Sydney's suburbs have inspired a range of contemporary authors.
Anita Heiss Puts Koori Slant on Sex and the City Judy Skatssoon , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 July 2008;

— Review of Avoiding Mr Right Anita Heiss 2008 single work novel
Untitled Larissa Behrendt , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 18 October vol. 6 no. 140 2007; (p. 30)
What Anita Heiss Wants... Tara Ali , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Women's Health , March 2010; (p. 88-90)
'Dubbed Indigenous Australia's answer to Carrie Bradshaw, the multi-talented writer shares her secrets for creating the life that want- via a few stops st Tiffany's.' Source: Women's Health (March 2010)
Michael Leslie Wins Red Ochre 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Artery , no. 13 2010; (p. 3)
Sex and the Global City : Chick Lit with a Difference Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Women's Writing , July vol. 5 no. 2 2011; (p. 107-124)
'Chick lit' by young non-Western writers provides a rich field of investigation for critics interested in the interaction between local and global, cosmopolitan and vernacular, and between the different inflections of cosmopolitanism which emerge against a complex backdrop of contemporary popular culture and age-old traditional practices. The paper focuses on four novels modelled on Candace Bushnell's chick lit 'classic' Sex and the City: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, The People's Republic of Desire by Annie Wang and two novels by Indigenous Australian author Anita Heiss, Not Meeting Mr Right and Avoiding Mr Right. The veneer of consumer cosmopolitanism plays a part in all these books, but they can also be read as illustrations of the 'discrepant modernities' which have given rise to different cosmopolitanisms. [Author's abstract]
Anti-Nativism in Australian Indigenous Literature Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kultura Historia Globalizacja , no. 7 2010; (p. 53-64)
'What in today's literary discourse are the reality and the world created by the words: nativism, nativity, the native, native? Why do we still speak and communicate with them and use them in different contexts, even though we know that these words often carry a negative emotional meaning load, taking us to spaces, times, and experiences of colonial suffering, despite their basis in academic arguments. In Australia such issues have been addressed by many Indigenous writers, amongst them — M. Langton, A. Moreton- Robinson, Mudrooroo, C. Watego, T. Birch, F. Bayet — Charlton, to name just a few.' (Author's introduction)
Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
“The Pretty and the Political Didn’t Seem to Blend Well” : Reconciling Competing Ideological Imperatives in Anita Heiss’ Chick Lit Imogen Mathew , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;
'In recent decades, chick lit has become a ubiquitous – if not always celebrated – feature of the contemporary literary, social and cultural landscape. In Australia, Anita Heiss is one of the genre’s preeminent practitioners, and the only Aboriginal author writing chick lit for a mainstream, middleclass audience. A close reading of two of her novels (Not Meeting Mr Right and Manhattan Dreaming) reveals a deep political engagement running through her fiction. On the one hand, this political engagement is expressed by Heiss’ commitment to foregrounding the lives and experiences of young, urban, Aboriginal women. On the other hand, the narrative is peppered with references to, and discussion of, urgent political issues: from banning the burqa in France to protesting the Northern Territory intervention in Melbourne. While Heiss’ political engagement is of an unapologetically, left-wing, liberal cast, the analysis undertaken in this article will show that a surprisingly conservative bias forms the subtext to many of the political interventions in Heiss’ fiction. Galvanised by the question of why there should be such competing ideological imperatives at work in her fiction, this article will argue that the demands of an inherently conservative genre restrain and limit the extent to which chick lit can be used to promulgate a socially progressive vision.' (Publication abstract)
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