White Turtle

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Alternately mythic, wistful, and quirky, this short story anthology resonates with an original and confident storytelling voice. An anomalous kiss, a white turtle ferrying the dreams of the dead, a working siesta in a five-star hotel, a woman’s 12-meter hair trawling corpses from a river, and a queue of longings in Sydney: these are some of the subjects of the 23 enigmatic tales brimming with chance and hope.

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Overview

Alternately mythic, wistful, and quirky, this short story anthology resonates with an original and confident storytelling voice. An anomalous kiss, a white turtle ferrying the dreams of the dead, a working siesta in a five-star hotel, a woman’s 12-meter hair trawling corpses from a river, and a queue of longings in Sydney: these are some of the subjects of the 23 enigmatic tales brimming with chance and hope.

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“Merlinda Bobis is a superb storyteller. She can take you into the precious intimacies of her characters with such ease that you are left breathless by the rhythm, the motion, the prevailing currents with which you've entered the mood of the tale.”  —Dee Dicen Hunt, Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

“A versatile collection that brings together the creations of wide-ranging observation, a candid mind, a sympathetic heart, and a delicious sense of humor. New angles on the familiar startle and refresh the reader at every turn. A writer to watch and applaud.”  —Yasmine Gooneratne, author, The Pleasures of Conquest

“Merlinda Bobis writes like an angel. Her characters whisper to you long after they’ve told their bittersweet tales.”  —Arlene J. Chai, author, Eating Fire and Drinking Water

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To read Merlinda Bobis's collection of short fiction, White Turtle is to sample a riot of tastes indivisible from that other joy of the tongue—language...While her storytelling skills are undeniable, it is Bobis's empathy with her narrators that make her work so rare and satisfying. Death, desire, joy, and grief are all revealed to the reader, and not with a comfortable objectivity—all five senses are engaged, and raw to the experience... It would be hard to find a writer with more love and reverence for all the pleasures the tongue is capable of enduring.
Ms. Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781875559893
  • Publisher: Spinifex Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Merlinda Bobis is a Filipino-Australian writer and performer. She has received various awards for her prose fiction, poetry, and plays, among them the Prix Italia, the Australian Writers’ Guild Award, and the Philippine National Book Award. Her books include Fish-Hair Woman, The Solemn Lantern Maker, and Summer Was a Fast Train Without Terminals. She is also a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Wollongong in Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000

    WINNER National Book Award (Fiction category) from the Manila Critics Circle Awarded on 9 September 2000, Philippine Book Fair, Manila

    Once the turtle was small and blue-black like a polished stone. Carried on its back the dreams of Iraya's dead children that later sprouted into corals the colour of bones. After many funerals, the turtle grew larger and lighter in colour, finally turning white, bone-white... Ferrying the dreams of the dead. A kiss, the taste of burnt sugar, melting with infinite slowness. A woman's twelve-metre hair trawling corpses from a river. A fourteen-year-old street girl's 'working siesta' in a five-star hotel. These enigmatic tales of hope and chance and hope are among twenty-three stories set in the Philippines and Australia. Alternately mythic, wistful and quirky, Merlinda Bobis' tales resonate with an original and confident storytelling voice. Merlinda's work has been published extensively in journals and broadcast on radio, and she is the author of Summer Was A Fast Train Without Terminals, published by Spinifex in 1998. She has received numerous awards for writing and performance, including an AWGIE Award for a radio script in 1998 and the 1998 Prix Italia Award for a play (both for Rita's Lullaby), the Out of Ashes TransTasman Short Story Competition 1998 and the 1997 Radio National Short Story Award. Summer Was a Fast Train Without Terminals was shortlisted the Age Book of the Year (Poetry) in 1998. She won the ABC Radio National Short Story Award in 1997.

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