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Luck In The Greater West by Damian McDonald
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Sep 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2010
Read from September 05 to 11, 2010

This book won the 2007 ABC Fiction Award which is presented annually for the best, original, unpublished, adult fiction manuscript written by an Australian resident over the age of 18 and rightly so. If read susperficially it could be seen as a book that deals with all the issues that affect almost every society around the world; racism, alcholism, rape, multiculturalism, unemployment and drugs. The difference with this book is that it shines a light on the lives of the many disaffected people living in the greater western suburbs of Sydney. The new immigrants coming to terms with living in a completely alien culture, the under educated and unemployed 'Aussies', dealing drugs to supplement their dole payments, the children of immigrants who can never quite fit into the dominant Australian culture and the protective parents trying to protect their children from being sucked into the culture surrounding them. But above all this it is also a novel of hope.

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