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'Tragic family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in North Queensland. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. Once there, Lai Yue finds a job as a carrier on expeditions, taking him far away from his sister. Ying remains in the township, where she works in a local store and strikes up an unlikely friendship with Meriem, a young white woman with a troubled past. Maytown is a place where violence frequently erupts and, when a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders.

'Evoking the rich, unfolding tapestry of Australian life in the late nineteenth century, Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and timeless story about those exiled from family and place who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.'   (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: for Papa
  • Epigraph: To search for gold was like trying to catch the moon at the bottom of the sea. - TAAM SZE PUI 

    I wish to inform you that they are only strangers in this land themselves. Many of them have only been here a few moons, and none for more than one or two generations. 
    JAN CHIN FROM A LETTER TO HIS FATHER IN SHANGHAI, THE SIDNEY MORNING HERALD, 1858 

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Works about this Work

What I’m Reading Imbi Neeme , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
Guilt Mountain Jinghua Qian , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 79 no. 3 2020;

— Review of Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel

'Australian nationalism often promotes a history in which the colonisation of Aboriginal lands was somehow complete before the white patriot turned his attentions outwards to the threat of the non-white foreigner. It’s a deliberate trick.' (Introduction)

Violence and Bigotry Taint Golden Dream Ed Wright , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20 June 2020; (p. 16)

— Review of Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel
y separately published work icon Mirandi Riwoe Astrid Edwards (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2020 19326758 2020 single work podcast interview

'Mirandi Riwoe is the author of 2020's Stone Sky Gold Mountain, as well as the novella The Fish Girl, which won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award’s UQ Fiction Prize.

'Mirandi also publishes under the name M.J. Tjia, and she is the woman behind the Heloise Chancey historical crime series She Be Damned, A Necessary Murder and The Death of Me.

'Her work features in Best Australian StoriesMeanjinReview of Australian FictionGriffith Reviewand Best Summer Stories.'

Source: The Garret.

Multiple Perspectives : A Postcolonial Look at the Gold Rush Era Laura Woollett , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 421 2020; (p. 49)

— Review of Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel

'In this multi-perspective novel, Mirandi Riwoe trains her piercing postcolonial gaze on Gold Rush-era Australia, lending richness to the lives of the Chinese settlers who are often mere footnotes in our history. Ying and Lai Yue are outsiders before their arrival in Far North Queensland, where they have gone to find their fortunes after their younger siblings are sold into slavery. While Ying struggles with hiding her gender in the male-dominated goldfields, Lai Yue is haunted by his betrothed, Shan – killed in a landslide back in China – and by his failure to protect the family from penury. Meanwhile, in nearby Maytown, a white woman, Meriem, grapples with her exile from respectable society while working as a maid to local sex worker Sophie.' (Introduction)

The Adversary; The Animals in That Country; Only Mostly Devastated; Exciting Times; Stone Sky Gold Mountain; Almost A Mirror Ellen Cregan , Angus Dalton , Astrid Edwards , Elizabeth Flux , Jes Layton , Alan Vaarwerk , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , April 2020;

— Review of The Adversary Ronnie Scott , 2020 single work novel ; The Animals in that Country Laura McKay , 2020 single work novel ; Only Mostly Devastated Sophie Gonzales , 2020 single work novel ; Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel ; Almost a Mirror Kirsten Krauth , 2020 single work novel
Mirandi Riwoe Stone Sky Gold Mountain Cher Tan , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 18-24 April 2020;

— Review of Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel

'The plot unfurls slowly in Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which opens in the Palmer River goldfields in early colonial Australia. Disguised as a man for her physical safety, Ying toils with her brother Lai Yue in the hope of procuring enough of a fortune to take back to China, but life on the fields is relentless. They soon realise that gold-digging is untenable, and head to nearby Maytown in search of more stable work. There, second-generation British settler Meriem has been banished from her home town after an unwanted pregnancy. Now a housekeeper for sex worker Sophie, she is shunned by the townsfolk. After Lai Yue leaves for an overland expedition and Ying begins working as a shopkeeper for local Chinese man Jimmy, Meriem’s and Ying’s paths converge. They embark on a friendship coloured by caution and curiosity, an archetypal interracial tale of differences as both protagonists awkwardly feel their way around each other.' (Introduction)

Multiple Perspectives : A Postcolonial Look at the Gold Rush Era Laura Woollett , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 421 2020; (p. 49)

— Review of Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel

'In this multi-perspective novel, Mirandi Riwoe trains her piercing postcolonial gaze on Gold Rush-era Australia, lending richness to the lives of the Chinese settlers who are often mere footnotes in our history. Ying and Lai Yue are outsiders before their arrival in Far North Queensland, where they have gone to find their fortunes after their younger siblings are sold into slavery. While Ying struggles with hiding her gender in the male-dominated goldfields, Lai Yue is haunted by his betrothed, Shan – killed in a landslide back in China – and by his failure to protect the family from penury. Meanwhile, in nearby Maytown, a white woman, Meriem, grapples with her exile from respectable society while working as a maid to local sex worker Sophie.' (Introduction)

Violence and Bigotry Taint Golden Dream Ed Wright , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20 June 2020; (p. 16)

— Review of Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel
Guilt Mountain Jinghua Qian , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 79 no. 3 2020;

— Review of Stone Sky Gold Mountain Mirandi Riwoe , 2020 single work novel

'Australian nationalism often promotes a history in which the colonisation of Aboriginal lands was somehow complete before the white patriot turned his attentions outwards to the threat of the non-white foreigner. It’s a deliberate trick.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Mirandi Riwoe Astrid Edwards (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2020 19326758 2020 single work podcast interview

'Mirandi Riwoe is the author of 2020's Stone Sky Gold Mountain, as well as the novella The Fish Girl, which won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award’s UQ Fiction Prize.

'Mirandi also publishes under the name M.J. Tjia, and she is the woman behind the Heloise Chancey historical crime series She Be Damned, A Necessary Murder and The Death of Me.

'Her work features in Best Australian StoriesMeanjinReview of Australian FictionGriffith Reviewand Best Summer Stories.'

Source: The Garret.

What I’m Reading Imbi Neeme , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
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