By Laura Jean McKay

Shortlisted for the Glenda Adams Award for brand new Writing within the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Beyond the killing fields and the temples of Angkor is Cambodia: a rustic with a genocidal earlier and a large, open smile. A frontier land the place something is feasible – a minimum of for the travelers.

In Holiday in Cambodia Laura Jean McKay explores the electrical sector the place neighborhood and international lives meet. There are delicate, humorous moments of tentative knowing, in addition to devastating re-imaginings of a afflicted history.

Three backpackers board a educate, ignoring the risk symptoms – and locate themselves within the arms of the Khmer Rouge.

Elderly sisters are visited by means of their vampire niece from Australia and got down to treatment her.

A singer creates a sensation in swinging 1969, at the eve of an American bombing crusade.

These are daring and haunting tales through a extraordinary new talent.

‘Each of those tales is like catching a snippet of a talk or having a look right into a lit window in a depressing evening, and loitering longer than you have to to listen to and spot what characters inadvertently show approximately themselves. Holiday in Cambodia indicates the grotesque aspect of post-colonial tourism in addition to moments of serious pathos and dignity; in a compelling and empathetic voice.’ – Alice Pung

‘Polished, Hemingwayesque snapshots, brilliant and atmospheric’ - Steven Carroll

‘a critical and ambitious try to interact with Cambodia in all its pock-marked history.’ - Sunday Age

‘Mckay’s crafty balancing of sturdy issues with perceptive element, even humour, permits Holiday in Cambodia to discover what lots of its characters are just half-heartedly looking for: the true Cambodia, a rustic nonetheless attempting to recover.’ - Australian ebook Review

‘The diversity of views provided throughout those tales works like note of mouth, development an image of a rustic on trust.’ - the Australian

Laura Jean McKay’s writing has been released in The most sensible Australian tales, Sleepers, the Big factor, girls of Letters and Going Down Swinging. She has been shortlisted for nationwide and foreign awards and in 2011 received the Alan Marshall brief tale Award. She lives in Melbourne.

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