About the author

Lee Lai

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Judges' report

Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit is a moving graphic novel in which queer couple, Bron and Ray, find themselves at a tense crossroads in their relationship. Mental health struggles and wounds inflicted in their families of origin have brought their relationship to a heartbreaking impasse. But amidst this turmoil, their days spent taking care of Ray’s niece, Nessie, are idyllic and imaginative and suggest a future worth moving towards. Throughout scenes rendered in Lai’s signature art style – simple lines and a muted blue and grey colour palette – and featuring spare, perfectly articulated dialogue, Bron and Ray go looking for answers about how to heal these past hurts in order to show up better for each other as a couple. Stone Fruit beautifully reflects a tender domesticity that is affecting and atmospheric.

This is a deceptively simple depiction of the many various and complicated versions of familial love and care we can experience in our lives. Stone Fruit is a work that is honest, unassuming, and powerfully told.

Further reading


“Lai is attuned to the small, non-verbal ways we relate or fail to relate to one another.” – Eloise Grills, Meanjin

“Transformation — the painful, non-linear, ongoing process of moving between worlds — is at the heart of the story.” – Laura Sackton, Chicago Review of Books

“I always love a book that questions parenting and motherhood, and explores the different shapes and forms they can come in.” – Arizona O’Neill, Montreal Review of Books


Read an extract of Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit in The New Yorker

Read ‘5 Questions with Lee Lai’ via Liminal Mag

Read ‘Comic Artist Lee Lai Draws What It’s Really Like to Fall in Love’ by Jonno Revanche in Vice Magazine


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