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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The China Garden
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'The China Garden follows three protagonists over a 2-week period that culminates in a shocking event that affects them all. Fifty-year-old Laura has come home from Italy to bury her mother Angela and get her affairs in order. However, she has an unexpected surprise waiting for her. Until Angela's death, Laura had believed she was an only child, but the will has made allowance for a brother she had never known, adopted out at birth. In another part of town, 70-year-old Cress is grieving the loss, not only of Angela, but of her own faith. She consoles herself with irregular thefts from the op shop where she volunteers: an old wedding dress, a silver fork, small pictures of the Virgin Mary. Somewhere among these things, she knows, she will relocate faith, she will fend off fear. Kieran, the watcher, sees them both. Kieran is a gatherer of information, a 30-year-old quiz show addict who failed junior school but is good at other kinds of knowing; who knits his world together with cunningly garnered facts and lovingly stored information. As the tragic event looms, it pierces and links the lives of the three characters. The China Garden explores identity in mid-century and mid-life; examining the effects of social policies in a country struggling to re-establish a facade of goodness and morality after a major world war. It shows how the events of mid-life, the death of parents, the confrontation with lost faith or the fruits of youthful mistakes might unravel the various versions of ourselves that we construct in order to survive.' Source: Provided by publisher.

Notes

  • Dedication:
    This is for Tony
    and the five beautiful children we share:
    Zoe, Dane, Mali, Jada & Kassi
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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Profile : Kristina Olsson 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , June no. 197 2010; (p. 4)
A Gift across Time Kris Olsson , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , April vol. 42 no. 1 2010; (p. 28)
The Year's Work in Fiction: 2009-2010 Elizabeth Webby , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 55 no. 1 2010; (p. 119-139)

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Undertow Kate McFadyen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 312 2009; (p. 40-41)

— Review of The Diamond Anchor Jennifer Mills , 2009 single work novel ; The China Garden Kris Olsson , 2009 single work novel
Wistful Exchange Madeline Healy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 April 2009; (p. 25)
Missing Link Jane Scott , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 25 February - 3 March no. 723 2008; (p. 19)

— Review of The China Garden Kris Olsson , 2009 single work novel
Hidden in the Familiar Jennifer Levasseur , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 March 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of The China Garden Kris Olsson , 2009 single work novel
Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 March 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of High Noon in Nimbin Robert G. Barrett , 2010 single work novel ; The China Garden Kris Olsson , 2009 single work novel
Books Helen Dargan , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 - 22 March 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The China Garden Kris Olsson , 2009 single work novel
Shadowy Figures on a Sunlit Coast Rachel Cunneen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 April 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of The China Garden Kris Olsson , 2009 single work novel
Lost and Found Madeline Healy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 18 - 19 April 2009; (p. 23)
Wistful Exchange Madeline Healy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 April 2009; (p. 25)
A Gift across Time Kris Olsson , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , April vol. 42 no. 1 2010; (p. 28)
Profile : Kristina Olsson 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , June no. 197 2010; (p. 4)
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