Naama Grey-Smith

Naama Grey-Smith

Naama Grey-Smith is an editor, publisher, and critic based in Fremantle, Western Australia. She holds degrees in communications and publishing and has edited award-winning fiction and non-fiction. Her enduring interests are language, memory, and place.

Naama Amram reviews 'The Healing Party' by Micheline Lee

August 2016, no. 383 25 July 2016
Naama Amram reviews 'The Healing Party' by Micheline Lee
Compelling from start to finish, The Healing Party is a mature and illuminating account of the complex ties of family. Micheline Lee's début novel follows Natasha Chan who, after years of estrangement from her family, receives news of her mother's terminal cancer. Natasha leaves her life in Darwin and returns to the family home in Melbourne. Here, the Chans – who became born-again Charismatic C ... (read more)

Naama Amram reviews 'The Waiting Room' by Leah Kaminsky

January-February 2016, no. 378 18 December 2015
Naama Amram reviews 'The Waiting Room' by Leah Kaminsky
'Freg nisht dem royfe, freg dem khoyle – Don't ask the doctor, ask the patient,' my grandmother says in Yiddish, one of eight languages at her disposal, having grown up in Europe during World War II and migrated as a teenager to the multilingual melting pot of Israel. I smile and ask her for another gem. My grandmother obliges, this time with a juicy-sounding Bulgarian phrase with a similar mean ... (read more)

Naama Amram reviews 'Leap' by Myfanwy Jones

October 2015, no. 375 30 September 2015
Naama Amram reviews 'Leap' by Myfanwy Jones
Set in Melbourne’s cafés, under its bridges, behind its laundromats, and within its zoo, Leap is a contemporary Australian novel about love and loss. It entwines the narratives of Joe, whose guilt over the accidental death of his high-school girlfriend drives him to work dead-end jobs and train furiously in the art of Parkour, and Elise, a recently separated graphic designer who finds clarity i ... (read more)

Naama Grey-Smith reviews 'Deeper Water' by Jessie Cole

November 2014, no. 366 01 November 2014
Naama Grey-Smith reviews 'Deeper Water' by Jessie Cole
Deeper Water delivers on its title’s promise of immersion, sensuality, and the liminal. Narrated by Mema, an innocent twenty-two-year-old living on an isolated rural property, the book opens with the arrival of Hamish, a city sophisticate whose car has been washed down a flooding creek. Mema saves Hamish from drowning and takes him into her family home until the floodwater recedes. He soon becom ... (read more)
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