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    New Adelaide Fiction: Rachael Mead & Katherine Tamiko Arguile

    2020 is proving to be a bumper year for new Adelaide fiction – and we're very pleased to be hosting our first Imprints Zoom event with two brilliant new debut authors, published by Affirm Press: Katherine Tamiko Arguile (The Things She Owned) and Rachael Mead (The Application of Pressure).

    The Things She Owned reveals stories from Tokyo during and after the war, through the possessions left to Erika by her mother, the cruel and complicated Michiko. The two women's stories progress and entwine, uncovering secrets from Erika's past, too. The Application of Pressure traces the experiences of two paramedics, Tash and Joel, over the decades, each chapter told through a different emergency – some sad, some tense, all fascinating. We get to know these friends and workmates as their relationships with each other, and the job, deepen.

    Our bookseller Jo Case will be in conversation with Katherine and Rachael about these fascinating books.

    This is an online event and free to attend, though registration is essential. You can register here.

    How to ‘attend’ a virtual event at Imprints

    This event commences online at 6.30pm using the video conferencing platform Zoom.

    To book for this event, you must register here.

    All bookings for online events will be closed one hour before the event begins.

    You do need a Zoom account to join a meeting, mobile users will need to download the Zoom app for their device. Desktop and laptop users can either download the Zoom application or access the event via their web browser.

    You can download Zoom here.

    Years after the death of her cruel and complicated mother, Erika's house is still full of the things Michiko left behind: an onigiri basket, a Wedgewood tea set, a knotted ring from Okinawa. In defiance of Japanese tradition, Erika has also kept the urn containing Michiko's ashes, refusing to put her memory to rest. Erika throws herself into working as a chef at a high-end London restaurant and pretends everything is fine. But when a cousin announces that she will be visiting from Japan, Erika's resolve begins to crack.

    Slowly the things Michiko owned reveal stories of Michiko's youth amid the upheaval of Tokyo during and after the war. As the two women's stories progress and entwine, Erika is drawn to the island of Okinawa, the homeland of her grandmother. It's a place of magic and mysticism where the secrets of Erika's own past are waiting to be revealed.

    Beautiful and mysterious, THE THINGS SHE OWNED explores the complexity of lives lived between cultures, the weight of cross-generational trauma, and a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99

    • Price: $29.99
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