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Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 The Coconut Children
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'Sonny and Vince have always known each other. It took two years of juvie, a crazy mother (her), a violent father (him) and a porn stash for them to meet again.

'Sonny is in her last year of school and with protective parents she is forced to watch the world from her bedroom window. She has a habit of falling hopelessly in love with just about anyone. Vince is handsome, brash, a leader in the gangs, who became a legend after he was taken away by juvenile justice two years ago. Now, Vince is back. One problem – they have not been friends since they were children. Growing up in the vertigo of 1990's Cabramatta, of households which harbour histories and parents who are difficult to love, they stumble upon each other once more.

'While sharing the ugly and scary details of Western Sydney in this time, Vivian Pham also illuminates the beauty, hope, possibility, kindness and love that can spring from small gestures and strong friendships.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • 'A stage adaptation of Vivian Pham’s debut novel The Coconut Children (Vintage) has been commissioned as part of Playwriting Australia’s Ignition program.' (Books + Publishing 7 July 2020)

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    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2020 .
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      Extent: 352p.
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      • Published 3rd March 2020
      ISBN: 9780143793830

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Works about this Work

What I’m Reading Roz Bellamy , 2021 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2021;
What I’m Reading Yves Rees , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
Coming of Age in Cabramatta Sheila Ngoc Pham , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , July 2020;

— Review of The Coconut Children Vivian Pham , 2020 single work novel

'Over the years I’ve amassed many books by writers from Vietnam as well as the Việt Kiều diaspora – but I can’t claim these tomes spark joy. I can’t bear to get rid of them yet can’t bear the thought of reading most of them either. The Boat by Nam Le, for example, is one such albatross. When it was first published, and in the years after, I was often asked if I’d read it. My ready response was usually along the lines of no, but I own a copy. Whenever I’ve contemplated cracking the book open I recall it includes a short story called ‘Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice’, which sounds far too much like a word association exercise in intergenerational trauma.' (Introduction)

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham Sonia Nair , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 420 2020;

— Review of The Coconut Children Vivian Pham , 2020 single work novel

'The Coconut Children is an assured début from nineteen-year-old novelist Vivian Pham, who has drawn upon the richness of Sydney’s south-western suburbs to construct a deeply affecting coming-of-age story revolving around teenager Sonny.' (Introduction)

Vivian Pham : The Coconut Children Shu-Ling Chua , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7-13 March 2020;

— Review of The Coconut Children Vivian Pham , 2020 single work novel

'Set in 1990s Cabramatta, The Coconut Children opens with charismatic 16-year-old Vince Tran celebrating his release from two years in juvenile detention. His laughter, “thundering through the entire neighbourhood”, drips with stolen homegrown mango as his friends push him in a shopping trolley. The procession passes his childhood friend Sonny Vuong, who dreams of being whisked away from her emotionally unpredictable mother. Instead, the dutiful Sonny finds solace in bodice-rippers, schoolyard gossip with her best friend and conversations with her good-natured father and sassy grandmother.'(Introduction) 

Vivian Pham : The Coconut Children Shu-Ling Chua , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7-13 March 2020;

— Review of The Coconut Children Vivian Pham , 2020 single work novel

'Set in 1990s Cabramatta, The Coconut Children opens with charismatic 16-year-old Vince Tran celebrating his release from two years in juvenile detention. His laughter, “thundering through the entire neighbourhood”, drips with stolen homegrown mango as his friends push him in a shopping trolley. The procession passes his childhood friend Sonny Vuong, who dreams of being whisked away from her emotionally unpredictable mother. Instead, the dutiful Sonny finds solace in bodice-rippers, schoolyard gossip with her best friend and conversations with her good-natured father and sassy grandmother.'(Introduction) 

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham Sonia Nair , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 420 2020;

— Review of The Coconut Children Vivian Pham , 2020 single work novel

'The Coconut Children is an assured début from nineteen-year-old novelist Vivian Pham, who has drawn upon the richness of Sydney’s south-western suburbs to construct a deeply affecting coming-of-age story revolving around teenager Sonny.' (Introduction)

Coming of Age in Cabramatta Sheila Ngoc Pham , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , July 2020;

— Review of The Coconut Children Vivian Pham , 2020 single work novel

'Over the years I’ve amassed many books by writers from Vietnam as well as the Việt Kiều diaspora – but I can’t claim these tomes spark joy. I can’t bear to get rid of them yet can’t bear the thought of reading most of them either. The Boat by Nam Le, for example, is one such albatross. When it was first published, and in the years after, I was often asked if I’d read it. My ready response was usually along the lines of no, but I own a copy. Whenever I’ve contemplated cracking the book open I recall it includes a short story called ‘Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice’, which sounds far too much like a word association exercise in intergenerational trauma.' (Introduction)

What I’m Reading Yves Rees , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
What I’m Reading Roz Bellamy , 2021 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2021;
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