The City of Sealions
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (April 1, 2005)
Format: PDF / Kindle / ePub
Size: 5.5 MB
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Issues of self-discovery, Muslim culture, and the mother–daughter relationship are explored in this beautifully crafted novel. Lian's father is Australian, her mother a Vietnamese refugee; growing up on a tiny island in Australia, she resents her mother's Vietnamese heritage and her own mixed race. When Lian flees her native country to study in Yemen she experiences a welcome loss of identity, immersing herself in the richness of the Arabic culture and language. But, eventually the overwhelming challenges of living in a foreign culture help her to find compassion for her mother's difficult life. Breathtaking ocean and mother-goddess imagery abound in this timely and compassionate work.