yAward Winning Australian Writing 2009David Tenenbaum
Melbourne:Melbourne Books,2009Z16376312009anthology poetry short story 'Award Winning Australian Writing showcases some of the best stories that have won a short story writing competition in Australia over the past year. From The Age Short Story Competition to the Arafura Short Story Award as well as winning bush poetry, the book covers an entertaining diversity of themes and gives voice to emerging writers. Each story also profiles the author and competition.' (Libraries Australia record)Melbourne:Melbourne Books,2009
'Endorsed by Cate Kennedy, this is an eagerly awaited first story collection from an acclaimed young writer.
'The award-winning stories in The Rest is Weight reflect Mills’ years in Central Australia, as well as her travels to Mexico, Russia and China. The collection displays a confident diversity of narrative voices and a brevity in style.
'In 'The wind and other children', a girl searches for her lost grandmother while her parents quarrel at home; in 'Extra time', a man contemplates inertia after toxic contamination changes life in a remote Australian town; a woman imagines a mother’s love for her autistic son in 'The air you need'; and in 'Hello, Satan', a boy awaits his destiny at a roundabout at midnight, on the edge of a small town.
'In exploring the human, Jennifer Mills deftly weaves themes of longing, alienation, delusion, resilience, and love. Sometimes dreamy and hypnotic, sometimes comic and wry, these stories leave their mark. Collected or on their own, Mills’ fiction is both a joy and a wonder to read.' (Publication summary)