Dealing with parental mental illness: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling was one of my favourite books of 2019. It’s a Young Adult contemporary about Anna Chiu, a Chinese-Australian girl growing up in Ashfield, Sydney. She’s in Year 11 at school and trying to cope with average marks, her snarky scholarship-winning sister, Lily, and …

Sibling stories

  I saw on Twitter that Jaclyn Moriarty, the highly successful author of A Corner of White and The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (among others), was teasing her sister Liane, who is also an author. https://twitter.com/jaclynmoriarty/status/1040498583303118850 I laughed out loud at the fine balance between “hell no she’s …