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Scary Monsters

2023 - Shortlisted


Judges' Comments

The two stories contained in this novel — Lili, a young Asian-Australian in 1980s France, and Lyle, a middle-aged Asian migrant in a dystopian Australian future — reveal profound, confronting and universal truths about the migrant experience. Racism, misogyny and climate change loom large as scary monsters but our unease is piqued well before we’ve even opened the book.  

Thanks to the novel’s unconventional structure, readers, like the characters Lili and Lyle in the book, are forced into the position of making a decision — but which is the right choice, the right path and does it make a difference? Scary Monsters is an exhilarating, unsettling and utterly unforgettable reading experience.