Farewell, My Orange

Farewell, My Orange

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"Kei's intense and impressive debut is the story of two women who bond in their adopted country of Australia . . . An immigrant tale that readers won't forget" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Winner of the Kenzaburo Oe PrizeFar from her native country of Nigeria and now living as a single mother of two, Salimah works the night shift at a supermarket in a small Australia town. She is shy and barely speaks English, but pushes herself to sign up for an ESL class offered at the local university.At the group's first meeting, Salimah meets Sayuri, who has come to Australia from Japan with her husband, a resident research associate at the local college. Sayuri has put her own education on hold to take care of her infant daughter, and she is plagued by worries about financial instability and her general precariousness.
When Sayuri faces a devastating loss, and one of Salimah's boys leaves to live with his father, the two women look to one another for comfort and sustenance, as they slowly master their new language, in this "unexpectedly riveting" debut novel (Financial Times).

Author: Iwaki Kei
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: 11/13/2018
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.40lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.30w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781609454784

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/24/2018
Library Journal 12/01/2018 pg. 71
Shelf Awareness 01/11/2019

About the Author

Iwaki Kei was born in Osaka. After graduating from college, she went to Australia to study English and ended up staying on, working as a Japanese tutor, an office clerk, and a translator. The country has now been her home for 20 years. Farewell, My Orange, her debut novel, won both the Dazai Osamu Prize and the Kenzaburō Ōe Prize.

Meredith McKinney is an award-winning translator of classical and modern Japanese literature, whose translations include Sei Shônagon's eleventh-century classic The Pillow Book, and Kokoro and Kusamakura by the early modern novelist Natsume Sôseki. McKinney's mother was poet and activist Judith Wright, and her father was philosopher and novelist J.P. McKinney. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Japan Centre, Australian National University, where she teaches Japanese-English translation.