Jessica Au is a writer based in Melbourne. She studied arts/law at the University of Melbourne and has worked as deputy editor at the quarterly journal Meanjin and as a fact-checker for Aeon magazine. Her first novel, Cargo (2011), was published by Picador and was highly commended in the Kathleen Mitchell Award for a writer under 30. Cold Enough for Snow is her second novel.
108 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published February 2022 ISBN 9781925818925
A daughter and a mother travel to Tokyo in autumn. They walk along the canals at night, escape the typhoon rains, share meals in small cafes and restaurants, and visit galleries to see some of the city’s most radical modern art. All the while, they talk: about the weather, horoscopes, clothes and objects, about family, distance and memory. But uncertainties abound. Who is really speaking here – is it only the daughter? And what is the real reason behind this elliptical, perhaps even spectral journey?