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Seeking asylum from the wreckage of her life, Yvette Grimm arrives in Australia on a holiday visa. She applies for permanent residency with no hope of success. Resisting advice that she marry to stay in the country, Yvette invests her hopes in a palm-reader's prophecy that she will meet the father of her children before she's thirty. She's twenty-nine. Set in the excoriating heat of an endless Perth summer, against the backdrop of asylum seekers locked in detention, Asylum is a gripping tale of loss and belonging that is dark, absurd and hilarious by turns.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 144 x 216 x 15.75mm | 353.8g
  • Fyshwick, ACT, Australia
  • English
  • 1922200220
  • 9781922200228

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Asylum by Isobel Blackthorn is a work of women's fiction. Although set in Australia, it's a book that's sure to speak to women everywhere. Asylum is a solid story that deals with one woman's journey to adulthood while underscoring the social and political injustices faced by those who don't hold Australian citizenship. Compelling and utterly relatable. Well worth the read - Reader's Favorite
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About Isobel Blackthorn

Isobel Blackthorn is a novelist, book reviewer and English tutor. She creates compelling and intelligent stories drawing on her rich and varied life. She holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and the occult features in all of her writing. In her works published with Odyssey Books, Isobel gives voice to her lighter side, with tales set on the exotic Canary Islands, in the exquisite forests of the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, and in the old Colonial town of Fremantle in Western Australia. Isobel is the author of the novels Asylum (2015), The Drago Tree (2015) and A Perfect Square (2016) and the short story collection All Because of You (2016), all released by Odyssey Books. Isobel also writes dark fiction. Her novels The Cabin Sessions (2017) and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks (2018) are both released by HellBound Books. Isobel regularly speaks on radio and is an excellent public speaker. In 2017 Isobel was short-listed for a prestigious writing fellow fellowship with the National Library of Australia, for a work based on the Theosophical Society. Isobel has been awarded a mentorship with the Australasian Horror Writers Association to co-edit a 2018 issue of their magazine, Midnight Echo.
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18 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 33% (6)
4 33% (6)
3 17% (3)
2 6% (1)
1 11% (2)
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