Foreign Soil

Foreign Soil

Title:Foreign Soil
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780733632426
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.

Winner of the Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award 2013.

In Melbourne's Western Suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train-lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.

The book is called FOREIGN SOIL. Inside its covers, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney's notorious Villawood detention centre, a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike, an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s' Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance, a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny, and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.

The young mother keeps writing, the rejection letters keep arriving...


    Foreign Soil Reviews

  • Angela

    Racial issues are embedded in Australian culture. Current generations have grown up hearing stories of refugees, studying the events behind National Sorry Day, and watching footage of crowded boats de...

  • Andrea

    It was only as I approached the end of this short story collection that I looked up Maxine Beneba Clarke's bio and discovered that she is a spoken-word performer. I think it shows, and now the style o...

  • Vivian

    4.5This was definitely one of the best short story collections I've ever read. The stories are all incredibly diverse and give voices to those who you don't normally see represented in traditional med...

  • Trish

    The extraordinary sense of dislocation we experience in Maxine Beneba Clarke’s first short story collection is intentional. Every story describes a different type of “foreignness.” Clarke takes ...

  • Beverly

    Will be one of my top reads for the year!And is one of the best short story collections I have read.more thoughts coming shortly...

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)

    Utterly brilliant. Foreign Soil is a collection of enormous depth and insight. Masterfully written, the stories took me around the world, into the lives of characters each wholly unique in their persp...

  • Mary

    Fantastic short story collection, emotionally wrenching stories set around the world and around feelings of displacement. Terrible review for a great book - just read it! ...

  • Michael

    Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneda Clarke is a collection of short stories that has set out to give a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, downtrodden and even the mistreated. A collection of contempora...

  • Maddee

    Brilliant, amazing, powerhouse writing. My favourites were David, Shu Yi and The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa (which I think is the strongest one in the collection). The writing is well paced and deli...

  • Alice Lippart

    Unique, diverse and fascinating....