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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 The Permanent Resident
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'A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother’s offer to coach her son’s soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. A recent migrant considers taking the fall for a second generation ‘friend’. A wife refuses to let her husband look at her phone. An international student gets off a train at night.

'Roanna Gonsalves’ short stories unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants, steering through clashes of cultures, trials of faith, and squalls of racism. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, they cut to the truth of what it means to be a modern outsider.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2016 .
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      Extent: 280p.
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      • Published 1st November 2016
      ISBN: 9781742589022

Works about this Work

Inside the Migrant Experience Meeta Chatterjee , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14 January 2017; (p. 21)
'Roanna Gonsalves’s The Permanent Resident is a fastidiously crafted collection of 16 short stories that take a hard look at the desire of Indians to migrate and the experience of settling in Australia. At once cerebral and visceral, the stories explore the fault lines of relationships deeply influenced by travelling beyond borders and calling a new place home.' (Introduction)
'The Permanent Resident' by Roanna Gonsalves Sara Savage , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 390 2017;
'There is a moment in ‘The Skit’ – the second in a collection of sixteen short stories by Indian-Australian author Roanna Gonsalves – when the writer protagonist, upon reading her work to a group of her peers (‘the Bombay gang’, as she describes them, ‘still on student visas, still drinking out of second-hand glasses from Vinnies, and eating off melamine plates while waiting and waiting for their applications for permanent residency to be processed’), is met with the incorrect assumption that her writing is autobiographical. This early on in The Permanent Resident – Gonsalves’s début book, though by no means her first reflection on migrant identities in Australia – it feels like a surreptitious wink from the author, whose voice hums sotto voce beneath a chorus of characters seldom represented (at least not so intricately) in twenty-first century Australian literature.' (Introduction)
Roanna Gonsalves : The Permanent Resident. Suzanne Marks , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , January 2017;
'Roanna Gonsalves’s 16 short stories reveal the aspirations, guilt, and perils of what it is to be an Indian immigrant in Australia in the 21st century.'
Roanna Gonsalves : The Permanent Resident. Suzanne Marks , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , January 2017;
'Roanna Gonsalves’s 16 short stories reveal the aspirations, guilt, and perils of what it is to be an Indian immigrant in Australia in the 21st century.'
'The Permanent Resident' by Roanna Gonsalves Sara Savage , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 390 2017;
'There is a moment in ‘The Skit’ – the second in a collection of sixteen short stories by Indian-Australian author Roanna Gonsalves – when the writer protagonist, upon reading her work to a group of her peers (‘the Bombay gang’, as she describes them, ‘still on student visas, still drinking out of second-hand glasses from Vinnies, and eating off melamine plates while waiting and waiting for their applications for permanent residency to be processed’), is met with the incorrect assumption that her writing is autobiographical. This early on in The Permanent Resident – Gonsalves’s début book, though by no means her first reflection on migrant identities in Australia – it feels like a surreptitious wink from the author, whose voice hums sotto voce beneath a chorus of characters seldom represented (at least not so intricately) in twenty-first century Australian literature.' (Introduction)
Inside the Migrant Experience Meeta Chatterjee , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14 January 2017; (p. 21)
'Roanna Gonsalves’s The Permanent Resident is a fastidiously crafted collection of 16 short stories that take a hard look at the desire of Indians to migrate and the experience of settling in Australia. At once cerebral and visceral, the stories explore the fault lines of relationships deeply influenced by travelling beyond borders and calling a new place home.' (Introduction)
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