Alexandra Davies is a prodigal daughter of fiction writing, having given it up in her early 20s when she was trying to be cool, and returning to it in her 30s when she decided to try being herself. Alexandra lives in Western Australia, where another of her stories was recently shortlisted for the Peter Cowan Writers Centre 600 short story competition.
Looking for Bianca is contemporary narrative fiction telling the story of Tara, who is struggling to come to terms with the death of her sister. Tara travels to an Italian garden her sister also visited, looking to connect with her sister's memory and hoping it will help her begin to heal.
I really enjoyed this story. The narrator's voice is strong, I could hear her in my ear from the first line and it was clear very quickly (to a fellow Australian) that it was the voice of an Indigenous character. I liked the little twists and surprises, which are great little challenges to hidden stereotypes we all have, and the imagery of the brown and white. It's lovely that the colours cross over into each others' space (or the third space, as people seem to call it nowadays). You've touched on some difficult subjects with apparent ease. Great work.
Great story! I was hooked from the start, wanting to find out how this strange situation would play out, and I got more and more drawn in as I read on. The pace is good and I like your clear descriptions and the rhythm is really smooth. Thanks for a great read.
This story is beautifully written. I love the original turns of phrase in this piece and I felt transported into the boy's world from the beginning.
on May 28, 2014
A great young adult piece - and an interesting insight into modern teens from my not-so-young adult point of view. The pace of the story is very measured and the characters are believable. Thanks for an enjoyable read.
I enjoyed this story about Liz, reflecting on her time in Aboriginal communities as she builds a new relationship. I especially like the rich stories of Liz's developing connection with the Aboriginal characters and what it shows her about herself.