Wastrels out west

Max Easton’s impressive début
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December 2021, no. 438
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The Magpie Wing by Max Easton

Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 233 pp

Wastrels out west

Max Easton’s impressive début
by
December 2021, no. 438
Sydney-based author Max Easton (photograph via Giramondo)
Sydney-based author Max Easton (photograph via Giramondo)

In July 1999, ABC’s 7:30 Report ran a story on the Western Suburbs Magpies, an NRL club struggling financially and playing out its final season before a merger with the nearby Balmain Tigers. For that human touch, the story featured shots of a family decking out their children in the Magpies’ black and white, their relationship with the ninety-year-old club described as ‘something in the heart’. It was all very warm and fuzzy, at least until the camera cut away and a voiceover delivered a neoliberal sucker punch: ‘love does not necessarily deliver dollars’. Set in the same Western Sydney suburbs still mourning the loss of their team, Max Easton’s terrific début novel, The Magpie Wing, tracks a trio of Millennials as they similarly battle to retain their identities in a rapidly gentrifying world.

Alex Cothren reviews 'The Magpie Wing' by Max Easton

The Magpie Wing

by Max Easton

Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 233 pp

Buy this book

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