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God Forgets About the Poor : SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS - Peter Polites

God Forgets About the Poor

SHORTLISTED FOR THE NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS

By: Peter Polites

Paperback | 2 August 2023

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I will tell you why you should draft my story. Because migrant stories are broken. Some parts in a village where we washed our clothing with soot. Some parts in big cities working in factories. How we starved for food in Greece and starved for Greece in Australia.

You don’t know the first thing about me. A son can never see his mother as a woman. You will only see me in relation to you. I have had a thousand lives before you were even a thought. Hospitalised as a child for an entire year. Living as an adult without family in Athens when the colonels took control.

Start when I was born. Describe the village and how beautiful it was. On the side of a mountain but in the middle of a forest. If we walked to a certain point on the edge, we could look over the valley and see rain clouds coming. Sometimes we would see a cat on a roof, we read that as a warning of a storm. When we looked down, we saw the dirt, which was just as rich as the sky. My island, your island, our island.

Sometimes I think God forgot about us because we were poor.


A stunning new novel from the author of Down the Hume and The Pillars, God Forgets About the Poor is a love story to a migrant mother, whose story is as important as any ever told.
Industry Reviews
'Polites' book is a triumphant reclamation, written in prose clean as polished stones but consciously bearing something of the occasional awkwardness and inadvertent poetry of his mother's bilingualism. God may forget about the poor, but Polites evidently does not. He has rescued his mother's modest story and made it into a contemporary epic of homecoming.' * The Saturday Paper *
'It's a tender, funny, full-bodied portrait - and utterly transporting.' * The Guardian *

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