|My second read from the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist was The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen.
This is a unique read in that it is told from the perspective of a galah, set in a small Australian town around the time of the moon landing. The Australia – Houston tie in with the town hosting a dish for communications with NASA drew me in immediately!
Part of this narrative included ‘intercepted messages’ that the galah tuned into from the dish – a quirky concept but not one that I think the narrative needed to work effectively. If anything this sometimes confused where the narrative was coming from.
This was a fun and unique read (reminding me a little of previous winner, Ceridwen Dovey’s ‘Only the Animals’) and I’m looking forward to reading more from this award list! 🌟🌟🌟💫