Call me Al

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  • Published 20150724
  • ISBN: 978-1-922182-90-6
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

I TAKE MY shoes off at the door, step up and into slippers that are far too small. An old woman hinges at the hip, bowing, her body becoming a perfect right angle. Still bowing, she steps backwards until she’s behind the desk, straightens.

She says in English, ‘Your wife?’ I’m short with her. There’s a misunderstanding. I’m tired enough to not hide my meanness. Since it happened, I have this dreamy feeling, like nothing is real.

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Romy Ash

Romy Ash’s first novel Floundering (Text, 2012) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, Prime Minister’s Award, Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Dobbie Award and long-listed for...

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