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Winner of the KenzaburM Le Prize
Two immigrants, Salimah and Sayuri, navigate isolation, a new language, and devastating loss on their way to a lifelong friendship. Far from her native country of Nigeria and now living as a single mother of two, Salimah works the night shift at a supermarket in small-town Australia. She is shy and barely speaks English, but pushes herself to sign up for an ESL class offered at the local university.
At the groups first meeting, Salimah meets Sayuri, who has come to Australia from Japan with her husband, a resident research associate at the local college. Sayuri has put her own education on hold to take care of her infant daughter and she is plagued by worries about financial instabilities and her general precariousness.
When Sayuris daughter dies in daycare and one of Salimahs boys leaves to live with his father, the two women look to one another for comfort and sustenance, as they slowly master their new language.
Written with great warmth,Farewell, My Orangeoffers optimism in the face of adversity. In the stories of Salimah and Sayuri, readers will find a touching portrait of our need for others and the certainty of change.
Praise forFarewell, My Orange
In this unexpectedly riveting work, as spare as it is detailed, with its emphasis on learning at differing levels, Iwaki proves how the most important lesson concerns empathy.Financial Times
Kei adroitly intertwines these remarkable characters dreams and determination, making for an immigrant tale that readers wont forget.Publishers Weekly(Starred Review)
Iwaki Keiwas born in Osaka. After graduating from college, she went to Australia to study English and ended up staying on, working as a Japanese tutor, an office clerk, and a translator. The country has now been her home for 20 years.Farewell, My Orange, her debut novel, won both the Dazai Osamu Prize and the KenzaburM Le Prize.
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