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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Room for a Stranger
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'Since her sister died, Meg has been on her own. She doesn’t mind, not really—not with Atticus, her African grey parrot, to keep her company—but after her house is broken into by a knife-wielding intruder, she decides it might be good to have some company after all.

'Andy’s father has lost his job, and his parents’ savings are barely enough to cover his tuition. He can't go home to Hong Kong -- but if he wants to graduate, he’ll have to give up his student flat and find a homeshare. Living with an elderly Australian woman is harder than he’d expected, though, and soon he’s struggling with more than his studies.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Rani, Alyssa and Toby.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2019 .
      image of person or book cover 1720359392654430071.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 224p.p.
      Reprinted: Dec 2020 (paperback)
      Note/s:
      • Published 7 May 2019.

      ISBN: 9781925773545, 9781922268815 (pbk), 9781925774351 (ebk)

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Victoria Nugent Reviews Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng Victoria Nugent , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , December no. 24 2019;

— Review of Room for a Stranger Melanie Cheng , 2019 single work novel

'Two strangers from completely different backgrounds with seemingly little in common thrown together, it’s a common enough set up for a novel. But in Room for A Stranger, Melanie Cheng uses that premise exceptionally well to create an undeniably pleasurable read, rich in texture and feeling.' (Introduction)

Where Do the Lonely People Come from? Ed Wright , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22 June 2019; (p. 24)

— Review of Room for a Stranger Melanie Cheng , 2019 single work novel

'While the towns and villages of Europe emptied into cities for the burgeoning opportunities and exploitations of the industrial revolution, the romantics countered with celebrations of nature and the individual. Literature has been fascinated by the figure of the isolated self, surrounded by millions, ever since.' (Introduction)

July in Fiction Michalia Arathimos , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , July 2019;
[Review] Room for a Stranger Helen Elliott , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 155 2019; (p. 65)

— Review of Room for a Stranger Melanie Cheng , 2019 single work novel
Books Roundup Stop Being Reasonable, Room for a Stranger Ellen Cregan , Vanessa Giron , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , April 2019;
[Review] Room for a Stranger Helen Elliott , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 155 2019; (p. 65)

— Review of Room for a Stranger Melanie Cheng , 2019 single work novel
Where Do the Lonely People Come from? Ed Wright , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22 June 2019; (p. 24)

— Review of Room for a Stranger Melanie Cheng , 2019 single work novel

'While the towns and villages of Europe emptied into cities for the burgeoning opportunities and exploitations of the industrial revolution, the romantics countered with celebrations of nature and the individual. Literature has been fascinated by the figure of the isolated self, surrounded by millions, ever since.' (Introduction)

Victoria Nugent Reviews Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng Victoria Nugent , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , December no. 24 2019;

— Review of Room for a Stranger Melanie Cheng , 2019 single work novel

'Two strangers from completely different backgrounds with seemingly little in common thrown together, it’s a common enough set up for a novel. But in Room for A Stranger, Melanie Cheng uses that premise exceptionally well to create an undeniably pleasurable read, rich in texture and feeling.' (Introduction)

Generational Exchange : Melanie Cheng on ‘Room for a Stranger’ Carody Culver (interviewer), 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , March vol. 98 no. 1 2019; (p. 19-21)

'Melanie Cheng’s debut novel Room for a Stranger (Text, May) follows the unlikely friendship between an elderly Australian woman and an international student from Hong Kong. Reviewer Carody Culver spoke to the author.'  (Introduction)

Traces Alice Nelson , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 411 2019; (p. 36)

'What does it mean to live in a place but never to fully belong to it? How does our capacity for intimacy alter when we are in exile? How do we forge an identity among haphazard collisions of cultures and histories?'  (Introduction)

Books Roundup Stop Being Reasonable, Room for a Stranger Ellen Cregan , Vanessa Giron , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , April 2019;
July in Fiction Michalia Arathimos , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , July 2019;
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