The Permanent Resident


Author: Roanna Gonsalves

9788193283790 | PB | pp. 294 | 2016 | Goa 1556

The Permanent Resident is a collection of short stories about what it feels like to be a migrant in the 21’st century.

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A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother’s offer to coach her son’s soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. A recent migrant considers taking the fall for a second generation ‘friend’, A wife refuses to let her husband look at her phone. An international student gets off a train at night.

Roanna Gonsalves’ short stories unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants, steering through clashes of cultures, trials of faith, and squalls of racism. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, they cut to the truth of what it means to be a modern outsider.

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About the Author

The author came to Australia as an international student in 1998. Her creative work, and peer-reviewed scholarly work, have been published and performed across various media in India and Australia. She is the co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings, and is the recipient of the Australian Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award 2013. In 2015, Roanna’s four-part series on contemporary Indian literature was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Earshot program. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales. This is her first book.


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