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.
Sonja Dechian is a writer, editor, and radio and TV producer. She has co-edited two collections of stories about the Australian refugee experience, Dark Dreams and No Place Like Home (Wakefield Press).
'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