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“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