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Tracey Lien

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Judges' report

This book has a rolling momentum that gently ushers the reader into the world of the characters, and then thrusts them headfirst into a series of unfortunate events that soon have the inevitable pathos of a Greek tragedy. Even knowing their fates early on, it was nonetheless a real page-turner, written with carefully controlled cohesion. This is social realist fiction at its best – accessible yet full of depth, with deeply realised characters. Tracey Lien has captured the indomitable spirit of a particular class of Australians without resorting to well-worn clichés of migrant resilience, and the novel packs a real punch to the guts.

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All That’s Left Unsaid skewers the model-minority myth, a myth that holds that migrants can be successful in their new country so long as they apply hard work and the right attitude, with the ‘good’ ones held up as exemplary compared to the ‘bad’ migrants. All That’s Left Unsaid is a profoundly political work of fiction, as well as a really absorbing read. I value Lien’s novel for the way it aims to make sense of a world that is so often bewildering but which young people must nonetheless make their way through.” – May Ngo, Meanjin

“Cabramatta and the refugee children who grew up there in the 1990s are, in Lien’s pages, recognised as part of Australia’s complex cultural history. The result is more powerful – and conveys more – than most studies can.” – Anh Nguyen Austen, The Conversation

“Literary crime with arresting insight into one of Sydney’s largest Vietnamese communities, All That’s Left Unsaid sacrifices none of the suspense the mystery genre ought to deliver.” – Cameron Woodhead and Fiona Capp, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald


Read an interview with Tracey Lien in Spectrum

Hear Tracey Lien discuss All That’s Left Unsaid with Kate Evans on ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf

Listen to an interview with Tracey on ABC Radio National’s The Book Show

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