Living on Hope Street (Paperback)
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We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live right next door—or even closer. Kane will do everything he can to save his mother and his little brother Sam from the violence of his father, even if it means becoming a monster himself. Mrs. Aslan will protect the boys no matter what—even though her own family is in pieces. Ada wants a family she can count on, while she faces new questions about herself. Mr. Bailey is afraid of the refugees next door, but his worst fear will take another form. And Gugulethu is just trying to make a life away from terror. On this street, everyone comes from different places, but to find peace they will have to discover what unites them. A deeply moving, unflinching portrait of modern Australian suburban life.
About the Author
Demet Divaroren is the co-editor of the CBCA short-listed Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia. She teaches creative writing at TAFE.
"Where do you begin writing a review when a book has had such a profound effect on you, one that you're not expecting? You have so much to say, yet you're not quite sure how to say it because nothing can prepare you for the impact those first few pages have on you . . . This book, based on modern Australian suburban life, not only enlightens us about the tough issues that many Australian families face, but also shares the heartwarming aspects too . . . The author has captured each character and brought them to life so vividly that at the end of the book I didn't want to say goodbye, I felt that each one had more stories to share. Living on Hope Street is all about diversity, stereotypes, friendships across cultures, about what is happening behind doors that is being 'seen' but people are choosing to ignore. A voice has been given to the Australian people from many cultures, both those misunderstood and those accepted. I without a doubt recommend this book . . . Congratulations to the Author Demet Divaroren for writing what is bound to be a much loved piece of fiction." —Little Big Reads
"Living on Hope Street is a big-hearted, compassionate work. Divaroren is a ferociously good storyteller and every character breathes life, every character convinces. This book is an absolute joy to read." —Christos Tsiolkas