Elena Gomez reviews 'The Monsoon Bride' by Michelle Aung Thin

The Monsoon Bride 

by Michelle Aung Thin

Text Publishing, $29.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781921758638

The historical novel has always been characterised by a formative tension – the demands of history versus the demands of story. The author is caught between relegating the past to a prettified background, or the characters to merely personified social forces. Michelle Aung Thin’s début novel tends more towards the former than the latter, illustrating both the dangers and the pleasure to be found in negotiating between these poles.

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Published in November 2011 no. 336
Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez

Elena Gomez is an editorial assistant living in Sydney. Her writing has appeared in Eve’s Harvest, Kill Your Darlings and various nondescript corners of the internet.

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