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Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'These short stories cut deep into the flesh of Australian society, revealing the minor tragedies and joys of ordinary people. At their heart is a love of life and resilience against violence and loss.' (Source: WorldCat website)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Sarah
  • Epigraph:

    • My father's house shines hard and bright

      it stands like a beacon calling me in the night

      Calling and calling, so cold and alone

      Shining 'cross this dark highway where our

      sins lie unatoned.

    -Bruce Springsteen

  • Other formats: Also electronic source

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Hunter Publishers , 2009 .
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      Extent: 181p.
      ISBN: 9780980517972 (pbk.), 0980517974

Works about this Work

Place, History and Story: Tony Birch and the Yarra River Carolyn Masel , Matthew Ryan , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , 2016 vol. 31 no. 2 2016;
'This essay examines the three Yarra River stories in Tony Birch’s short fiction collections. ‘The Sea of Tranquillity’ ‘The Chocolate Empire’ and ‘The Toecutters’ all question the historical inscription of the Yarra that favours the culturally dominant account by placing it in relation to alternative stories. The torsion engendered by this questioning is apparent in the stories themselves. They are simultaneously discussions of class-based social exclusion and counter-stories of settlement; settled places are re-inscribed with meanings and histories obscured by the dominant account of ‘settlement’, which it thus critiques. The structure of the contemporary short story, to reveal a truth buried under the mundane details of life, aids Birch’s purpose. The form enacts a propensity to doubling, twinning and contrasting the familiar and the strange, or being at once in the dominant reality of the settler-colonial culture and, by social imposition, in the situation of the other. Hence, Birch’s stories open into narratives drawn from a number of socially marginalised groups, according to class, gender, geography or age. In Birch’s own account of his disillusionment with the institutionally-based academic writing of the post-history wars environment he speaks of embarking on an alternative project to ‘put meat on the bones of history’, a project which involves turning from the Historian’s history to ‘the way that fiction deals with the past and its role in documenting history’: to bring history and story together (‘Trouble’ 235, 241). This essay traces that process in the three Yarra stories.' (Abstract)
Take Three Ian McFarlane , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 24 January 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of A Woman of Seville : A Novel of Love, Ladders and the Unexpected Sallie Muirden 2009 single work novel ; Legacy Larissa Behrendt 2009 single work novel ; Father's Day Tony Birch 2009 selected work short story
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 1 November 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Father's Day Tony Birch 2009 selected work short story
The Emotional Lives of Men Julia Stirling , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 December 2009; (p. 27)

— Review of Father's Day Tony Birch 2009 selected work short story
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 1 November 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Father's Day Tony Birch 2009 selected work short story
The Emotional Lives of Men Julia Stirling , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 December 2009; (p. 27)

— Review of Father's Day Tony Birch 2009 selected work short story
Take Three Ian McFarlane , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 24 January 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of A Woman of Seville : A Novel of Love, Ladders and the Unexpected Sallie Muirden 2009 single work novel ; Legacy Larissa Behrendt 2009 single work novel ; Father's Day Tony Birch 2009 selected work short story
Place, History and Story: Tony Birch and the Yarra River Carolyn Masel , Matthew Ryan , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , 2016 vol. 31 no. 2 2016;
'This essay examines the three Yarra River stories in Tony Birch’s short fiction collections. ‘The Sea of Tranquillity’ ‘The Chocolate Empire’ and ‘The Toecutters’ all question the historical inscription of the Yarra that favours the culturally dominant account by placing it in relation to alternative stories. The torsion engendered by this questioning is apparent in the stories themselves. They are simultaneously discussions of class-based social exclusion and counter-stories of settlement; settled places are re-inscribed with meanings and histories obscured by the dominant account of ‘settlement’, which it thus critiques. The structure of the contemporary short story, to reveal a truth buried under the mundane details of life, aids Birch’s purpose. The form enacts a propensity to doubling, twinning and contrasting the familiar and the strange, or being at once in the dominant reality of the settler-colonial culture and, by social imposition, in the situation of the other. Hence, Birch’s stories open into narratives drawn from a number of socially marginalised groups, according to class, gender, geography or age. In Birch’s own account of his disillusionment with the institutionally-based academic writing of the post-history wars environment he speaks of embarking on an alternative project to ‘put meat on the bones of history’, a project which involves turning from the Historian’s history to ‘the way that fiction deals with the past and its role in documenting history’: to bring history and story together (‘Trouble’ 235, 241). This essay traces that process in the three Yarra stories.' (Abstract)
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