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Cold Enough For Snow by Jessica Au

Cold Enough For Snow by Jessica Au

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Winner of the inaugural Novel Prize, an elegant and subtle exploration of the mysteries of our relationships to others


A mother and daughter travel from abroad to meet in Tokyo: they walk along the canals through the autumn evenings, 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? At once a careful reckoning and an elegy, Cold Enough for Snow questions whether any of us speak a common language, which dimensions can contain love, and what claim we have to truly know another’s inner world.

Selected from more than 1,500 entries, Cold Enough for Snow won the Novel Prize, a new, biennial award offered by New Directions, Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK), and Giramondo (Australia), for any novel written in English that explores and expands the possibilities of the form.

REVIEWS

"Au’s writing ebbs along effortlessly and poetically."― The Australian

"Jessica Au is a new talent to be watched."― Romy Ash, Australian Book Review

"Rarely have I been so moved, reading a book: I love the quiet beauty of Cold Enough for Snow and how, within its calm simplicity, Jessica Au camouflages incredible power."― Edouard Louis 

PRODUCT DETAILS
Paperback
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN:  978-0811231565
Pages: 144