Mon, 30 Mar

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Better Read Than Dead

POSTPONED Vivian Pham - The Cocount Children

Vivian Pham's incredible novel 'The Coconut Children' is an urgent, moving and wise debut from a young and gifted storyteller. If this is the measure of the future of Australian writing, we're in very good hands indeed. Come and meet her. Years from now you'll be saying 'I was there'.

POSTPONED Vivian Pham - The Cocount Children

Time & Location

30 Mar 2020, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Vivian Pham's incredible novel The Coconut Children is an urgent, moving and wise debut from a young and gifted storyteller. If this is the measure of the future of Australian writing, we're in very good hands indeed. 

Vivian will be in-conversation with Daniel Carrington. Come along & meet her.  

This is a FREE event. 

About the Book

Growing up can feel like a death sentence.

Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know. Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare  her a glance.   

Everything changes with the return of Vince, a boy who became a legend after he was hauled away in handcuffs at fourteen. 

Sonny and Vince used to be childhood friends. But with all that  happened in-between, childhood seems so long ago. It will take two years of juvie, an inebriated grandmother and a porn stash for them to meet again.  

The Coconut Children is an urgent, moving and wise debut from a young and gifted storyteller.

Praise

“To read Vivian Pham is to read the  future of Australian writing. What a brilliant, self-contained bolt of pure teenage genius. Be prepared to be awed over what Gen Z can deliver.” - Benjamin Law

“In lyric slivers as sharp as the ‘blade of water’ refugees cross in the novel’s preface, Pham maps the  shape and grain of fierce and fragile resilience against intergenerational trauma, secrets and desire. The momentum of this novel, its originality, energy and verve, are extraordinary. Vivian Pham is, without doubt, a major new talent.” - Felicity Plunkett

"You’d have to go back to Carson McCullers’s debut to find such an accomplished and original voice in a writer so young. I’ve seen Vivian Pham stun an audience of 2000 with her oratory and original thinking on colonialism and the burden of history, and now she stuns on the page in this deeply felt and intimate coming-of-age novel. She shows a new Australia here, tied to her place and time but touching on universal themes of longing — and the alternately profound and ludicrous angst of youth. Vivian Pham is one of the indispensable voices of her generation." - Dave Eggers.    

About the Author

Vivian Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian fiction writer, closet poet, amateur  s