Author(s): George M. Haddad
The freshest writing to come out of Melbourne since Christos Tsiolkas' Loaded. Nick is treading water. No boyfriend. No career. Living in a granny flat in Fitzroy North. On a whim he decides to travel with his twin sister, Amira, to Lebanon in search of their estranged father. Their mother, who passed away a couple of years earlier, only ever referred to him as the kalb - the dog. In Beirut Nick and Amira find family, a sense of belonging and surprising answers to questions they hadn't known to ask. With a razor-sharp wit, incisive social critiques and intensity of feeling, Populate and Perish announces George Haddad as a vital new voice in Australian fiction.