From the opening page of this her second collection of stories, Susan Midalia propels her uncertain and wavering female character into an alien environment. Enter the concrete world of Moscow airport, its people who think you are simple if you smile at them, its ‘prowling men straight out of gangster movies’, tension as the blank, unblinking woman at immigration ‘held up a rubber stamp for ten, fifteen seconds, and then thumped it down on the passport. Petra felt her legs untighten.’
Susan Midalia: An Unknown Sky and Other Stories
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Robert Horne teaches Classical Studies to senior secondary students at University Senior College in Adelaide. He completed a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) at the University of Adelaide in 2012 and his second book of short stories, Love the Hurt, will be released in February 2013. He is currently writing an historical novel about early contact between settlers and natives in South Australia in 1842, and has plans for a novel about his other obsession, South-East Asia, in particular Cambodia, to be part of a PhD in 2013.
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