Jessica Oh cold enough to snow It was a winner before it was published. Winning her first novel award guaranteed her simultaneous publication in Australia, the UK and the US.
It has garnered enthusiastic reviews everywhere it has been published and is now the recipient of Australia’s richest award for writing, the $100,000 Victorian Literature Prize. Au also won the $25,000 Fiction Award at her premiere of The Victorian Literary Awards, which was announced Thursday night.
There were nine awards, including the grand prize. Other winners are Drama, return, John Harvey. native books, upwelling, Restructuring Rose. Non-Fiction, root & branch: EssayAbout inheritance, Eda Gnaedin. poetry, at the altar of touchGavin Yuan Gao; Young Adult Writing, we hunt the hollow, Kate Murray. unpublished manuscript, one god night, Mick Cummins. and people’s choices, Astronomy: Sky Country, Carly Noon, Cristal de Napoli. The winner received $25,000. The Unpublished Manuscript Award winner is $15,000 and the People’s Choice Award is $2,000 for him. His five of the winners were the first books.
cold enough to snow At less than 100 pages, the book tells the story of a woman who visits Japan with her mother and travels with them for the first time as adults. and travel around the country.
The judges explained that it gently poses the question, “How well can you know someone you love?” “The novel has a subtle eloquence full of keen observations, deftly slipping between memory and the present.”
Au writes in a precise and controlled style, which can seem at odds with the low-certainty nature of some stories her mother tells. au likes the tension brought by a slightly unreliable narrator with a crystal clear voice.
“I really admire prose that is very clear and direct. .”
au’s first novel, cargo, was published about 12 years ago. Because from the time she admitted, she had been pondering what would eventually happen. cold enough to snowShe was working on a book of short stories, but found only one that actually worked.