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Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'1987. The Philippine government fights a total war against insurgency. The village of Iraya is militarised. The days are violent and the nights heavy with fireflies in the river where the dead are dumped.

'With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella, the Fish-Hair Woman, trawls corpses from the water that tastes of lemon grass. She falls in love with the Australian Tony McIntyre who disappears in the conflict. Ten years later, his son travels to Manilla to find his father.

'From the Philippines to Australia, Hawai'i, to evocations of colonial Spain, this transnational novel spins a dark, epic tale. Its storytelling is expansive, like the heart - How much can the heart accommodate? ... Only four chambers but with infinite space like memory, where there is room for those whom we do not love.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Launched by Professor Jacqueline Lo at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, Australian Capital Territory, 20 March 2012.
  • Dedication:
    For Mama Ola
    Who once grew her hair to the back of her knees
    Who told me stories about a river
    Who opened her window to fireflies
    Who called me her first beloved
  • Epigraph:
    Why do these things happen?
    I cannot find the answer.
    I can only try to lay the question in its place.
  • Magic realism.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Melbourne, Flemington - North Melbourne area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Spinifex Press , 2012 .
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      Extent: 303p.
      ISBN: 9781742197982 (eBook : epub UK), 9781742197937 (eBook : pdf), 9781742197968 (eBook : epub USA), 9781742197975 (eBook : epub ANZ), 9781876756970 (pbk.), 9781742197944 (eBook : Kindle)

Works about this Work

Review : Fish-Hair Woman Bronwyn Lacken , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 8 no. 2 2014;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Small Publishers Make Big Deal of Books That Slipped Under the Radar Top Books You've Probably Never Read Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 December 2013; (p. 3) The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 December 2013; (p. 13)
Bookshop Lucy Sussex , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 4 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Sweet Old World Deborah Robertson 2012 single work novel ; Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Off the Shelf Dianne Dempsey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 6-7 April 2012; (p. 34)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
As the River Flows On Alison Broinowski , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 April 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Silencing Voice, Voicing Silence : A Review of Fish-Hair Woman Paul Giffard-Foret , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , June no. 11 2012;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
New Australian Fiction Ed Wright , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 August 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel ; Darkness on the Edge of Town Jessie Cole 2012 single work novel ; Thrill Seekers Edwina Shaw 2011 single work novel ; Does It Hurt To Die Paul Anderson 2011 single work novel
Untruths Sculpted into Truths : Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman Tristan Foster , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Verity La , March 2012;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Untitled Rachel Edwards , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2011/12 vol. 91 no. 6 2011; (p. 32)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Fishing for Stories Teagan Kum Sing , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 23 no. 1 & 2 2011;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Untitled Rachel Edwards , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2011/12 vol. 91 no. 6 2011; (p. 32)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Bookshop Lucy Sussex , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 4 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of Sweet Old World Deborah Robertson 2012 single work novel ; Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Off the Shelf Dianne Dempsey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 6-7 April 2012; (p. 34)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
As the River Flows On Alison Broinowski , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 April 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Fishing for Stories Teagan Kum Sing , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 23 no. 1 & 2 2011;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Silencing Voice, Voicing Silence : A Review of Fish-Hair Woman Paul Giffard-Foret , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , June no. 11 2012;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
New Australian Fiction Ed Wright , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 August 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel ; Darkness on the Edge of Town Jessie Cole 2012 single work novel ; Thrill Seekers Edwina Shaw 2011 single work novel ; Does It Hurt To Die Paul Anderson 2011 single work novel
Review : Fish-Hair Woman Bronwyn Lacken , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 8 no. 2 2014;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Untruths Sculpted into Truths : Merlinda Bobis’ Fish-Hair Woman Tristan Foster , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Verity La , March 2012;

— Review of Fish-Hair Woman Merlinda Bobis 2012 single work novel
Small Publishers Make Big Deal of Books That Slipped Under the Radar Top Books You've Probably Never Read Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 December 2013; (p. 3) The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 December 2013; (p. 13)
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