An Astronaut's Life

An Astronaut's Life

3.32 (31 ratings by Goodreads)
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In sparkling prose, Sonja Dechian's profound, moving and wry stories speak to our deepest yearning for connection and the inevitability of our isolation.

From a terrorist cell of cyber-bullying victims working to annihilate the digital memory of their humiliation to a pandemic that leaves grieving parents battling for the media spotlight, these affecting tales invite us to examine our inability to control the world around us-and our own desires.

An Astronaut's Life is a beautiful debut from an intelligent new voice in Australian writing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 1922147923
  • 9781922147929
  • 2,675,108

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'Head-spinning, sometimes spine-tingling. Every story here is a strange and remarkable gem.' * Wayne Macauley * `By the final page I was fully immersed in the book's world-one both fantastical and eerily similar to real life. I wished I could have stayed longer.' * Bookseller & Publisher * `[It's] great reading the work of such an inventive writer, and I'm incredibly interested to see where she takes us next.' * Readings * `[Dechian's] best stories have a sustained voice, simple and nimble...The places she takes you turn out to be well worth the time.' * Saturday Paper * `An Astronaut's Life announces the arrival of a deeply original voice.' * Weekend Australian * `These stories don't contain all the answers to the questions they pose, but they illuminate the ways humans adapt or otherwise to life's challenges-both big and seemingly extreme, as well as small, domestic, and apparently insignificant. Dechian has a light touch so that while her writing is intelligent it is never dense, and An Astronaut's Life is the salve for anyone who thinks plot-driven literary fiction is an oxymoron.' * Age/Sydney Morning Herald * `[An Astronaut's Life] is a well-written book by an accomplished author who skillfully manages to draw you completely into the lives of the people she is writing about.' * Weekly Times * `An Astronaut's Life is sharp, innovative, and remarkably sure-footed.' * Readings *
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About Sonja Dechian

Sonja Dechian is a writer, editor, and radio and TV producer. She has co-edited two collections of stories about the Australian refugee experience, Dark Dreams and No Place Like Home (Wakefield Press).
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31 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 6% (2)
4 29% (9)
3 55% (17)
2 10% (3)
1 0% (0)
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