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Publisher's Summary

By the winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.  

Since her sister died, Meg has been on her own. She doesn’t mind, not really - not with Atticus, her African grey parrot, to keep her company - but after her house is broken into by a knife-wielding intruder, she decides it might be good to have some company after all. 

Andy’s father has lost his job, and his parents’ savings are barely enough to cover his tuition. If he wants to graduate, he’ll have to give up his student flat and find a homeshare. Living with an elderly Australian woman is harder than he’d expected, though, and soon he’s struggling with more than his studies.  

©2019 Melanie Cheng (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“My god, this was a joy to read. Every year there’s an Australian novel everyone endlessly passes around and recommends because they bloody love it so much, and this is going to be 2019’s. Room for a Stranger explores the high stakes of quiet moments, reveals the beauty of unlikely connections and shows how the antidote to shame is always compassion. After reading this impossible-to-put-down novel, Melanie Cheng is quickly becoming my favourite Australian writer.” (Benjamin Law)

“Melanie Cheng is an astonishingly deft and incisive writer.” (Christos Tsiolkas)  

“A beautifully written novel about how the stories we tell ourselves can get us stuck and how opening our lives to others might jolt us free again. Melanie Cheng offers both razor-sharp insight into the flaws and foibles of ordinary people and a deep warmth and tenderness for them. Room for a Stranger is that rare thing: a novel which stings and soothes all at once.” (Emily Maguire)

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A simple story of life with feelings

A great relaxing easy read/listen with real characters, real happenings. Nice change from heavily dramatic readings, down to earth and most enjoyable!

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