The Colour of Things Unseen
by Annee Lawrence
Pub Date 27 Sep 2019
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When Adi leaves his village in Indonesia to take up an art scholarship in Australia, he arrives in the bewildering Sydney art world, determined to succeed. Following his first solo exhibition at a smart art gallery, Adi dares to reveal his true feelings for his outgoing friend, Lisa, and a passionate relationship unfolds. But will their differing expectations of one another drive them apart? This is a deeply felt love story between people — of different nations, cultures and religions – and the unseen impact of local and global events on individual lives.
“Lawrence’s flair for evocative, communicative writing and her skill with narrative are everywhere in evidence, even as her story ranges widely in time and place. It deals with the most intimate personal experiences and the largest questions of cultural identity and political and religious conflict.” — Professor Nicholas Jose, Novelist and Editor of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.
“In telling the story of [Adi’s] journey from Indonesia to Australia and back, and his maturation as an artist, the novel offers a compelling portrait of the rich cultural and political ties between these two countries as well as an acknowledgement of the silences and gaps that haunt their relationship.” — Dr Shameem Black, Australian National University, author of Fiction Across Borders.
“I’ve found much to enjoy in the way the author allows the story to evolve slowly so that it becomes so much more than Adi’s life story, and whilst its focus is about love, relationships and family, it’s also about trying to belong in a place where you feel out of step with those around you.” — jaffareadstoo.blogspot.com