'A seductive love story set in contemporary Shanghai, The Red Thread intertwines the lives of two pairs of lovers across the centuries. Shen is a young, American-educated appraiser for an auction house. Ruth is a gifted Australian artist he meets, it seems, by chance. And Han is a beautiful, enigmatic woman who both facilitates and complicates their relationship. Yet all three lives mysteriously mirror characters described in a rare, eighteenth-century book that comes up for auction – a book that is missing its final chapters. As the characters in the original tale move toward an ominous, unknown end, Shen’s search for the missing pages goes from curiosity to desperation as he hopes to discover – and perhaps alter – his fated future with Ruth.'
Source: Author's blurb.
Content: Recent Australian literature reflects not just an Anglo-Saxon or Celtic heritage but a multicultural, multivocal society with differences in the ways Australians see themselves or traditional Australian concerns such as the relationship between the human and the landscape. This unit examines some of the distinct Aboriginal, Asian-Australian and other migrant voices which have contributed to a redefinition of Australian literature.