Banana Heart Summer

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - Adolescence - 266 pages
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The myth of the banana heart inspires twelve-year old Nenita: she will appease her family's hunger and win her violent mother's love. As she cooks and eats, or dreams of cooking and eating, other love stories unfold in her street, sweltering between an active volcano and a church. It is the hottest summer in the Philippines. It is the 1960s in her small town, reeling with the songs of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and the Beatles.

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It makes sense that Murdoch Books first foray into fiction (under the banner of Pier 9) should be a book that is full of food. Set in a Philippines village in the 1960s, Banana Heart Summer is laden ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Merlinda Bobis has published poetry, drama and fiction, including Banana Heart Summer published by Murdoch Books in 2005. Her literary awards include the Prix Italia for Radio Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award for the Best Collection of Australian Short Stories, the Australian Writers' Guild Award, the Ian Reed Radio Drama Prize and the Philippine National Book Award. Merlinda teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales.

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