Puncher & Wattmann
by Philip Salom
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Waiting has been shortlisted for Australia's most prestigious literary award, the 2017 Miles Franklin Award for Literature.
Waiting is a story of two odd couples in prose as marvellously idiosyncratic as its characters. Big is a hefty cross-dresser and Little is little. Both are long used to the routines of boarding house life in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, but Little, with the prospect of an inheritance, is beginning to indulge in the great Australian dream, which has Big worried. Little’s cousin, Angus, is a solitary man who designs lake-scapes for city councils, and strangely constructed fireproof houses for the bushfire zone. A handy man, he meets Jasmin an academic who races in her ideas as much as in her runners. Her head is set on publishing books on semiotics and her heart is turned towards her stalled personal life. All four are waiting, for something if not someone.
Antoni Jach has called Waiting "a bittersweet tale of the marginalised and the searching." and that it is "Weirdly moving, tender and insightful", while John Clarke has praised Salom as "a wonderful storyteller". Sue Woolfe says Waiting contains: "flashes of poetry and sudden insight and such profound compassion (it) should be labelled – WARNING: Could make the reader kinder".
Reviews and information on other websites
Peter Pierce reviews Waiting in The Australian, 5 March 2016
Michael McGirr reviews Waiting in Australian Book Review. April 2016
Review of Waiting in The Saturday Paper, April 2016
The nothingness that should be something - Helen Gilfind reviews Waiting in TEXT, October 2016
Julian Novitz reviews Waiting in Cordite, December 6 2016