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Foreign Devil/Harris, Christ/Paper/0091838991/S054-B1
Random House Australia
Long fingers from the past reach out to Tyler Norton, crossing boundaries of logic and time. In China, he finds reality and illusion are difficult to separate.
"Just like last night, after the dreams, I feel disturbed, guilty. And something else. Scared. I look down into the stagnant canal water and see reflections. People are walking behind me... I turn quickly...but there's no one on the bridge but me."
Abduction by pirates, a desperate bid for freedom, and an irresistible obsession: "He wouldn't like to bet on their chances of getting out of this alive."
Christine Harris's first collection of short stories, Outer Face (1992), was an instant bestseller and her second and third collections, Buried Secrets (1995) and Party Animals (1995), have established her as one of Australia's leading writers of short stories for young adults.
Strike! (1994), set on the Australian waterfront of 1928, was her first novel it was in her second, Baptism of Fire (1996), dealing with 19th century Fiji, that she began to explore in depth the implications of cultural contact. Christine takes this subject even further in her latest collection of short stories, Fortune Cookies, lifting aside the familiar imagery of places like China, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Bali and Australia and allowing us to share the reality of lives that are at best only half understood. In this brilliant new novel she shares startling insights into a China that few people know about. An outstanding achievement, this is Christine's best novel yet.
Aurealis Award Winner.