Jessica Au: by Nicholas Purcell

Jessica Au

Jessica Au is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her novel Cold Enough for Snow won the inaugural Novel Prize from New Directions, Fitzcarraldo in the UK, and Giramondo in Australia.

Cold Enough For Snow

Fiction by Jessica Au

A mother and daughter travel from abroad to meet in Tokyo: they walk along the canals through the autumn evenings, escape the typhoon rains, share meals in small cafes and restaurants, and visit galleries to see some of the city’s most radical modern art. All the while, they talk: about the weather, horoscopes, clothes, and objects, about family, distance, and memory. But uncertainties abound. Who is really speaking here—is it only the daughter?…
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Flawed understanding, consolation, and insufficiency all infuse this compelling, unsettling novel reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Whereabouts or Rachel Cusk’s Outline Trilogy. A beautifully observed book, written in precise, elegant prose that contains a wealth of deep feeling.
Kirkus (starred review)
Rarely have I been so moved, reading a book: I love the quiet beauty of Cold Enough for Snow and how, within its calm simplicity, Jessica Au camouflages incredible power.
—Edouard Louis
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