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Cold Enough for Snow

108 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published February 2022
ISBN 9781925818925

Cold Enough for Snow

Jessica Au

The inaugural winner of The Novel Prize

The inaugural winner of The Novel Prize, a new biennial award established by Giramondo (Australia), Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) and New Directions (USA). Cold Enough for Snow was unanimously chosen from over 1500 entries.

Jessica Au’s novel will be published by Giramondo, Fitzcarraldo and New Directions in February 2022, and translated into fourteen languages around the world.

A young woman accompanies her mother on a holiday in Japan. The daughter has arranged their itinerary. They travel by train, visit galleries and churches chosen for their art and architecture, eat together in small cafés and restaurants and walk along the canals at night, on guard against the autumn rain and the prospect of snow. All the while, they talk, or seem to talk: about the weather, horoscopes, clothes and objects; about the mother’s family in Hong Kong, and the daughter’s allegiances in Australia. But uncertainties abound. How much is spoken between them, how much is thought but unspoken? Cold Enough for Snow is a reckoning and an elegy: with extraordinary skill, Au creates an enveloping atmosphere that expresses both the tenderness between mother and daughter, and the distance between them.


Praise for Cargo:

The prose is clear as a summer sea, without pretension.The Age

A masterclass in how to write a beautiful short novel.The Book Show, Radio National

About the Author

Jessica Au

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 […]

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