A moving portrait of an improbable friendship and multicultural Australia more broadly, from the winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction.
Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. She was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne.
'Melanie Cheng is doing the most difficult, most unfashionable
thing: writing about the ordinary lives of ordinary people. Her
accomplishment is catching the tremors of their uniqueness and, by
underlining this, insisting that everyone is interesting. Being
human is in itself extraordinary...This is an impressive and
quietly significant book.' * Monthly *
'My god, this was a joy to read. Every year there's an Australian novel everyone endlessly passes around and recommends because they bloody love it so much, and this is going to be 2019's. Room for a Stranger explores the high stakes of quiet moments, reveals the beauty of unlikely connections and shows how the antidote to shame is always compassion. After reading this impossible-to-put-down novel, Melanie Cheng is quickly becoming my favourite Australian writer.' * Benjamin Law *
'[Room for a Stranger] is beautifully done. Melanie Cheng's unaffected wisdom is just delightful. You never feel she has an axe to grind or an agenda to push. She may not set out to change the world but the warmth of her affection for lonely people will help to do just that.' -- Michael McGirr * Sydney Morning Herald *