One small town, a multitude of stories.
When the river runs dry, the town runs red.
This could be any small town. It aches under the heat of summer. It flourishes in the cooler months. Everyone knows everyone. Their families, histories and stories are interwoven and well-known by one and all. Or at least, they think they are. But no-one sees anything quite the same way. Perceptions differ, truths are elusive, judgements have outcomes and everything is connected. For better or for worse.
This is a version of small-town Australia that is recognisable, both familiar and new, exploring the characters, threads, and connections that detail everyday life to reveal a much bigger story. A tapestry that makes up this place called home.
From the acclaimed author of The House of Youssef comes this extraordinary and unique novel shining a light on Australian rural life.
‘The real deal’
Favel Parrett, author of Past The Shallows and There Was Still Love
‘Rare it is to read a voice as crisp and authentic as Kassab – the stories captured in Australiana show our country in all its complexity, mess and glory’
Zoya Patel, author of No Country Woman
‘The unadorned style and unobtrusive realism of this book mask, at first, how experimental and original it is in other ways’
Sydney Morning Herald on The House Of Youssef
‘Kassab’s prose is unsparing and frank yet unstinting’
Australian Book Review on The House Of Youssef
About the author
Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book of short stories, The House of Youssef, has been listed for prizes including the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Queensland Literary Award, NSW Premier's Literary Award and The Stella Prize.