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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Lucky Ticket
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'IN the comic-tragic story ‘Lucky Ticket’, the narrator, a genial disabled old man, sells lottery tickets on a street corner in bustling Saigon. In ‘Mekong Love’, two young people in a restrictive society find a way to consummate their relationship—in an extraordinary tropical landscape.

'In ‘Abu Dhabi Gently’, a story of dreams and disappointment, of camaraderie and disillusionment, a migrant worker leaves Vietnam to earn money in the UAE in order to be able to marry his fiancée. ‘White Washed’ depicts a strained friendship between two students in Melbourne, the Vietnamese narrator and a white girl.

'What does it mean to be Asian? What does it mean to be white? And what makes up identity? In Lucky Ticket, Joey Bui introduces a diverse range of characters, all with distinctive voices, and makes us think differently about mixed-race relationships, difficulties between family generations, war, dislocation and identity.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2019 .
      image of person or book cover 4220286653192308996.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 256p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published September 2019.
      ISBN: 9781922268020, 9781925774795

Works about this Work

[Review] Lucky Ticket Cassandra Atherton , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 416 2019; (p. 54)

— Review of Lucky Ticket Joey Bui , 2019 selected work short story
Reversal of Fortunes Thuy On , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 September 2019; (p. 20)

— Review of Lucky Ticket Joey Bui , 2019 selected work short story

'In Lucky Ticket, a collection of 12 stories, Vietnamese-Australian author Joey Bui acts as a ventriloquist for a number of voices: men and women across the age spectrum, with several tales based on interviews with Vietnamese refugees around the world.' (Introduction)

Joey Bui Shirley Le , 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Liminal , September 2019;
An interview about Joey Bui's 'journey into the literary world and her creative process behind her debut collection of stories Lucky Ticket.' 
‘My Strange Australian Story Is Also a Great Australian Story’ Alan Vaarwerk (interviewer), 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , September 2019;
Joey Bui : Lucky Ticket Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7-13 September 2019;

— Review of Lucky Ticket Joey Bui , 2019 selected work short story

'“She wrote weird stories with no endings,” one character observes of another in Joey Bui’s debut. In a way, this could be said of Bui’s writing, too – Lucky Ticket is a strange and spellbinding collection of short stories with question-mark conclusions, presenting glimpses into the ordinary and extraordinary lives of migrants. These stories often finish on an image, a thought or a reflection, rather than offering any closure – they are about lives in flux, ever changing and not so easily defined. Even when diving into matters of great emotion, Bui largely avoids sentimentality, writing with a pragmatism that will feel familiar to anyone raised in a migrant family.' (Introduction)

Joey Bui : Lucky Ticket Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7-13 September 2019;

— Review of Lucky Ticket Joey Bui , 2019 selected work short story

'“She wrote weird stories with no endings,” one character observes of another in Joey Bui’s debut. In a way, this could be said of Bui’s writing, too – Lucky Ticket is a strange and spellbinding collection of short stories with question-mark conclusions, presenting glimpses into the ordinary and extraordinary lives of migrants. These stories often finish on an image, a thought or a reflection, rather than offering any closure – they are about lives in flux, ever changing and not so easily defined. Even when diving into matters of great emotion, Bui largely avoids sentimentality, writing with a pragmatism that will feel familiar to anyone raised in a migrant family.' (Introduction)

Reversal of Fortunes Thuy On , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 September 2019; (p. 20)

— Review of Lucky Ticket Joey Bui , 2019 selected work short story

'In Lucky Ticket, a collection of 12 stories, Vietnamese-Australian author Joey Bui acts as a ventriloquist for a number of voices: men and women across the age spectrum, with several tales based on interviews with Vietnamese refugees around the world.' (Introduction)

[Review] Lucky Ticket Cassandra Atherton , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 416 2019; (p. 54)

— Review of Lucky Ticket Joey Bui , 2019 selected work short story
‘My Strange Australian Story Is Also a Great Australian Story’ Alan Vaarwerk (interviewer), 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , September 2019;
Joey Bui Shirley Le , 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Liminal , September 2019;
An interview about Joey Bui's 'journey into the literary world and her creative process behind her debut collection of stories Lucky Ticket.' 
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