From a new voice in international fiction, a prize-winning collection of stories that cross the world - Africa, London, the West Indies, Australia - and express the global experience "with exquisite sensitivity" (Dave Eggers, author of The Circle).
In this collection of award-winning stories, Maxine Beneba Clarke gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, and the mistreated. Her stories will challenge you, move you, and change the way you view this complex world we inhabit.
Within these pages, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney's notorious Villawood detention centre; a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike; an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton; a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance; a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny; and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.
In the bestselling tradition of novelists such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Marlon James, this urgent, poetic, and essential work announces the arrival of a fresh and talented voice in international fiction.
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"Starred Review. A tremendous new voice; a writer of immense talent and depth." - Kirkus
"[Clarke] is unapologetically blunt in her storytelling and creates each character through her urgent and emotionally charged language, which includes a few stories written in dialect. Many readers will relate to these character-driven stories, told in Clarke's voice and with her poetic style, of those on 'foreign soil'." - Booklist
"Maxine Beneba Clarke is a powerful and fearless storyteller, and this collection - written with exquisite sensitivity and yet uncompromising - will stay with you with the force of elemental truth. Clarke is the real deal, and will, if we're lucky, be an essential voice in world literature for years to come." - Dave Eggers bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"Foreign Soil is a collection of outstanding literary quality and promise. Clarke is a confident and highly skilled writer." - Hannah Kent, bestselling author of Burial Rites
"Clarke is a magical writer whose ability to create so many very different people is absolutely uncanny." - Tonstant Weader Reviews
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Maxine Beneba Clarke is a novelist, poet, and editor living in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to being a recipient of the Hazel Rowley Fellowship for Biography she is also the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the Debut Fiction Indie Award and the Literary Fiction Book of the Year in the Australian Book Industry Awards. Foreign Soil is Maxine's first book.
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