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Behind the Moon

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Behind the Moon is a satisfying, original and thought-provoking pleasure.”—Good Reading Magazine

“Neatly balanc[es] betrayal and real drama, with farce and macabre, biting humour.... Highly recommended.”—Australian Bookseller & Publisher

Outsiders and misfits in their Australian school, three friends form a mutual bond: Justin Cheong, an only child and the idol of h...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Soho Press (first published August 1st 2005)
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Alarra
This starts off being a really interesting look at the friendship of three teens from very different backgrounds, dealing with their outsider status. Justin is a good Asian son, but he's hiding the secret that he's gay. Tien, sent away from her mother in Vietnam to live with distant family in Australia, has a crush on Justin and his family. Gibbo, a disappointment to his ocker family, longs to belong to his friends' cultures.

For the first half, the writer does a good job of drawing a picture of...more
A. S.
Behind the Moon is a really interesting novel that follows the story of three school friends and their families from childhood to their rekindling of their fractured friendship during young adulthood. Justin Cheong, Tien Ho, and Nigel Gibson (called "Gibbo" in the book) meet as misfits as children: Justin and Gibbo through the tyranny and tedium of their piano lessons at Miss Yipsoon's, and Tien and Gibbo when they are seatmates in elementary school when Tien first moves to Australia from her re...more
Joanne
Not the best book I've read. I found it difficult to get through because of the various perspectives, constant digression, and awkward-ness of the characters. The storyline consists of never-ending humiliating moments for the characters, which I found really uncomfortable to read. Some parts were nice and it was a good book to discuss during the tutorial; however, I probably wouldn't read it again.
Dave
This is a great book of life in Sydney for Asian immigrants going through the whole clash of cultures thing. It is written with empathy and compassion and although you neither laugh nor cry, it is still a love story of sorts. A book you look forward to reading.
Oanh
Excellent. Beautifully written, very engrossing and all the characters nuanced and well drawn. And I loved the interwoven snippets of The Tale of Kieu.
Kali
An engaging book that is captivating from the first chapter onward. The characters are realistic, endearing and their interactions are interesting.
Martinxo
A tender and wise book.
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Malaysian-born Australian novelist.

Hsu-Ming Teo moved to Castle Hill, Sydney at the age of seven. Upon leaving school she began studying Medicine but changed to Arts in her second year of university. She has tutored at both Macquarie University and the University of Sydney, where she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1998 on the subject of British women's travel writing in the late nine...more
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