Heat and Light

Exploring indigenous identity, sexuality and family ties in Australia.

In ‘Heat’, we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl. In ‘Water’, a futuristic world is imagined and the fate of a people threatened. In ‘Light’, familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging.

(from Goodreads)

More about this collection

Author Ellen van Nerveen’s website

A longer interview with Ellen van Nerveen about this collection – Sydney Review of Books. Many interesting tidbits about the writing process and themes.

Others about Ellen van Neerven – The Lifted Brow. I don’t usually link to these endorsements but these were rather profound and moving.


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