By Laura Jean McKay
Beyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor is Cambodia: a rustic with a genocidal earlier and a large, open smile. A frontier land the place something is feasible - not less than for the travelers.
In Holiday in Cambodia Laura Jean McKay explores the electrical sector the place neighborhood and international lives meet.
Three backpackers board a educate, ignoring the chance symptoms - and locate themselves within the arms of the Khmer Rouge.
Elderly sisters are visited by way of their vampire niece from Australia and got down to remedy her.
A singer creates a sensation in swinging 1969, at the eve of an American bombing crusade.
These are daring and haunting tales by means of a awesome new talent.
‘Each of those tales is like catching a snippet of a talk or taking a look right into a lit window in a depressing evening, and loitering longer than you have to to listen to and spot what characters inadvertently exhibit approximately themselves. Holiday in Cambodia indicates the gruesome part of post-colonial tourism, in addition to moments of significant pathos and dignity, in a compelling and empathetic voice.’-Alice Pung
‘Polished, Hemingwayesque snapshots, brilliant and atmospheric’ - Steven Carroll
About the writer: Laura Jean McKay’s writing has been released in The top Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, The Big Issue, Women of Letters, Going Down Swinging and The Lifted Brow. She has been shortlisted for nationwide and overseas awards and in 2011 received the Alan Marshall brief tale Award. She lives in Melbourne.
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