It's a good father-daughter moment for them. When they finally spot Venus through the telescope, they share a similar sense of looking at something larger than their lives. It's a whole different planet, and when it fills the viewfinder Catherine stops thinking about the rain and feels what it might be like to inhabit a different life.
Invasive technology, rampant consumerism, the destruction of the natural world: this extraordinary collection explores the most urgent issues of our time. n sparkling prose, Sonja Dechian's profound, moving and wry stories speak to our deepest yearning for connection - and the inevitability of our isolation.
IFrom 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 - or our own desires.
An Astronaut's Life is a beautiful debut from a sharp, intelligent new voice in Australian writing.
'Head-spinning, sometimes spine-tingling. Every story here is a strange and remarkable gem.' * Wayne Macauley *
`By the final page I was fully immersed in the book's world-one both fantastical and eerily similar to real life. I wished I could have stayed longer.' * Bookseller & Publisher *
`[It's] great reading the work of such an inventive writer, and I'm incredibly interested to see where she takes us next.' * Readings *
`[Dechian's] best stories have a sustained voice, simple and nimble...The places she takes you turn out to be well worth the time.' * Saturday Paper *
`An Astronaut's Life announces the arrival of a deeply original voice.' * Weekend Australian *
`These stories don't contain all the answers to the questions they pose, but they illuminate the ways humans adapt or otherwise to life's challenges-both big and seemingly extreme, as well as small, domestic, and apparently insignificant. Dechian has a light touch so that while her writing is intelligent it is never dense, and An Astronaut's Life is the salve for anyone who thinks plot-driven literary fiction is an oxymoron.' * Age/Sydney Morning Herald *
`[An Astronaut's Life] is a well-written book by an accomplished author who skillfully manages to draw you completely into the lives of the people she is writing about.' * Weekly Times *
`An Astronaut's Life is sharp, innovative, and remarkably sure-footed.' * Readings *