Fiction The Hearts of Men Nickolas Butler All Grown Up Jami Attenberg Marlena Julie Buntin PB $29.99 Camp Chippewa, 1962. This summer marks the beginning of a friendship between thirteen-year-old Nelson, social outcast, and popular boy Jonathan. Over the years, Nelson becomes Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan turns his father’s business into a profitable company. And when something unthinkable happens at a camp get- together, the aftermath demonstrates the depths—and the limits—of Nelson’s selflessness and bravery. HB $29.99 Andrea is a single, childless 39 year old woman who tries to navigate family, sexuality, friendships and a career, but battles with thoughts and desires that few people would want to face up to. Told in brutally honest language that shimmers with rage and intimacy, All Grown Up poses such questions as: What if I don't want to hold your baby? What can I demand of my mother now that I am an adult? Why does everyone keep asking me why I am not married? PB $29.99 Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat's new town is lonely, until she meets her neighbour, the beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat is quickly lured into Marlena's orbit. As Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss— Marlena's habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead. Decades later, when a ghost from that year surfaces, Cat must forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her in the past. The Gulf Anna Spargo-Ryan Some Tests Wayne Macauley The Parcel Anosh Irani PB $29.99 Skye's sixteen, and her mum's got yet another new boyfriend. Trouble is, Jason's bad news. Now mum's quit her job and they're all moving north to Port Flinders, population nobody. She'd do anything to keep her ten- year-old brother safe. Things she can't even say out loud. And when Jason gets violent, Skye knows she has to take control. The train home to Adelaide leaves first thing each morning and they both need to be on it. PB $29.99 It begins with the normally healthy Beth feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. Beth is sent on to Dr Twoomey for more tests. Referral after referral sees her bumped from suburb to suburb, bewildered, hoping for answers. But what is actually wrong with Beth—is anything, in fact, wrong with her? Unnerving and brilliant, Some Tests is about waking up one morning and finding your ordinary life changed forever. PB $29.99 In the red-light district of Bombay, Madhu is given a task by her housemother. Madhu’s home is one of the last bastions in the land war consuming the area, as developers vie for land. It is here that ‘hijras’— eunuchs, people of the third sex, 'neither here nor there’—ply their trade. Madhu struggles with the task she has been given, confronted by memories of her past. As the land war comes to a head, Madhu realises she must do something to save herself.