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'Sparked by the description of a 'Malay trollope' in W. Somerset Maugham's story, The Four Dutchmen, Mirandi Riwoe's novella, The Fish Girl tells of an Indonesian girl whose life is changed irrevocably when she moves from a small fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant. There she finds both hardship and tenderness as her traditional past and colonial present collide.

'Told with an exquisitely restrained voice and coloured with lush description, this moving book will stay with you long after the last page.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Ellen, woman of my heart

  • Epigraph: One of these days he would buy himself a house on the hills in Java and marry a pretty little Javanese. They were so small and so gentle and they made no noise, and he would dress her in silk sarongs and give her gold chains to wear round her neck and gold bangles to put on her arms. - W. Somerset Mauhgam, The Four Dutchmen

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Seizure , 2017 .
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      Extent: 128p.
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      • Published 1st September 2017

      ISBN: 9781925589061

Works about this Work

A Tale from the Colony of Colour and Gender Jena Woodhouse , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 28 no. 1 2019; (p. 16-20)

'SOMERSET Maugham (1874-1965) was a successful British playwright, novelist, short-story writer and travel writer, whose writings were often closely linked with his travel experiences and the stories he heard in the course of his far-ranging journeys.

'Mirandi Riwoe, on the other hand, is a Brisbane born and based writer of IndoChinese and Irish-English-Australian parentage whose novella, The Fish Girl (2017), was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2018.'  (Introduction)

April in Fiction Michalia Arathimos , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , March 2018;

— Review of The Life to Come Michelle De Kretser , 2017 single work novel ; The Best Australian Stories 2017 2017 anthology short story ; The Fish Girl Mirandi Riwoe , 2017 single work novella
Provocative, Political, Speculative : Your Guide to the 2018 Stella Shortlist Camilla Nelson , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 11 April 2018;

'Six years ago, The Stella Prize burst onto the Australian literary scene with an air of urgency. The A$50,000 award was the progeny of the Stella Count – a campaign highlighting the under-representation of women authors in book reviews and awards lists. In the years since, the prize has challenged the gendered ways in which we think about “significance” and “seriousness” in literature.' (Introduction)

Mirandi Riwoe on The Fish Girl 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Stella Interviews 2018;

'Mirandi Riwoe is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. In this special Stella interview, Mirandi shares her favourite contemporary Australian female writers, and the background to – and inspiration for – her novella, The Fish Girl.' (Introduction)

Haunting Tale of Human Isolation Ed Wright , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10 February 2018; (p. 18)

— Review of Soon Lois Murphy , 2017 single work novel ; Rural Liberties Neal Drinnan , 2017 single work novel ; The Last Long Drop Mike Safe , 2017 single work novel ; The Fish Girl Mirandi Riwoe , 2017 single work novella

'Western Australia is experiencing a literary purple patch at the moment and Lois Murphy’s debut novel, Soon (Transit Lounge, 288pp, $29.99), is further evidence of this. Murphy, who lives in Melbourne now, spent six years travelling Australia in a homemade four-wheel-drive truck, and this novel about the stubborn last residents of an abandoned town is loosely based on the fate of Wittenoom, infamous as the site of Australia’s largest asbestos mine.' (Introduction)

Haunting Tale of Human Isolation Ed Wright , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10 February 2018; (p. 18)

— Review of Soon Lois Murphy , 2017 single work novel ; Rural Liberties Neal Drinnan , 2017 single work novel ; The Last Long Drop Mike Safe , 2017 single work novel ; The Fish Girl Mirandi Riwoe , 2017 single work novella

'Western Australia is experiencing a literary purple patch at the moment and Lois Murphy’s debut novel, Soon (Transit Lounge, 288pp, $29.99), is further evidence of this. Murphy, who lives in Melbourne now, spent six years travelling Australia in a homemade four-wheel-drive truck, and this novel about the stubborn last residents of an abandoned town is loosely based on the fate of Wittenoom, infamous as the site of Australia’s largest asbestos mine.' (Introduction)

April in Fiction Michalia Arathimos , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , March 2018;

— Review of The Life to Come Michelle De Kretser , 2017 single work novel ; The Best Australian Stories 2017 2017 anthology short story ; The Fish Girl Mirandi Riwoe , 2017 single work novella
Mirandi Riwoe on The Fish Girl 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Stella Interviews 2018;

'Mirandi Riwoe is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. In this special Stella interview, Mirandi shares her favourite contemporary Australian female writers, and the background to – and inspiration for – her novella, The Fish Girl.' (Introduction)

Provocative, Political, Speculative : Your Guide to the 2018 Stella Shortlist Camilla Nelson , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 11 April 2018;

'Six years ago, The Stella Prize burst onto the Australian literary scene with an air of urgency. The A$50,000 award was the progeny of the Stella Count – a campaign highlighting the under-representation of women authors in book reviews and awards lists. In the years since, the prize has challenged the gendered ways in which we think about “significance” and “seriousness” in literature.' (Introduction)

A Tale from the Colony of Colour and Gender Jena Woodhouse , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 28 no. 1 2019; (p. 16-20)

'SOMERSET Maugham (1874-1965) was a successful British playwright, novelist, short-story writer and travel writer, whose writings were often closely linked with his travel experiences and the stories he heard in the course of his far-ranging journeys.

'Mirandi Riwoe, on the other hand, is a Brisbane born and based writer of IndoChinese and Irish-English-Australian parentage whose novella, The Fish Girl (2017), was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2018.'  (Introduction)

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