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An Astronaut's Life

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by Sonja Dechian
Publication Date: 29/07/2015
4/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $29.99 $27.95

Selected in the 2016 NSW Premier's Awards as winner of the Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

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.

‘[Dechian’s] best stories have a sustained voice, simple and nimble…The places she takes you turn out to be well worth the time.’ - The Saturday Paper 

Stories in this Collection:
After Francis Crick
The Race
Charles Darwin’s Revenge
The Architect
Nights at the House
The Falling
The Foreman
An Astronaut’s Life 

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  • a remarkable debut

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    An Astronaut’s Life is the first book by Australian editor, radio and TV producer and author, Sonja Dechain. It is a collection of nine short stories of varying length. Some are very short (10-20 pages) and might benefit from expanding; others are of perfect length (Charles Darwin’s Revenge, The Architect). Dechain touches on a range of topics: cyberbullying, asylum seeker boat people, Tour de France, mental illness and bird flu; and uses some interesting settings: the graveyard of a serial killer’s victims, a futuristic animal theme park, a birdless beach, a hospital labour ward, and a school perimeter fence.

    While there are some laugh-out-loud moments, Dechain’s stories will also have the reader thinking: about the experience of being in a coma, the pervasiveness of electronic media, the extinction of whole species, floral tributes to victims and the rising level of the oceans. Some stories will leave the reader a bit bemused; others are frighteningly realistic and quite possibly prescient; all are written in dazzling prose. Full of originality and intelligence, this is a remarkable debut.