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After the Carnage by Tara June Winch

Book cover for After the Carnage by Tara June Winch

After the Carnage by Tara June Winch (UQP)

Judges' Comments

This cosmopolitan collection of stories takes the reader to France, Australia, Pakistan, Istanbul, China and the US. It is politically and socially engaged, making wry observations about class, race and gender. From the gut-wrenching story of an Aboriginal woman in the grip of alcohol addiction, to stories of refugees in a language class wrestling with poverty and displacement, a gay couple struggling to find happiness after retiring to the countryside, young people drifting within relationships or on the fringes of other people’s lives, a man whose wife is a casualty of war, a group of young UN interns competing for jobs, and women coming to China to adopt babies, these stories direct a keen, enquiring gaze on their subjects.

Winch’s portraits are executed with economy. Deft, assured and confident, these pieces are the products of an encompassing imagination grappling with the issues facing both disenfranchised and marginalised people and the middle-class.