First Book Club

Meet tomorrow’s biggest authors today as we shine a spotlight on debut Australian authors.

Established in 2014, the KYD First Book Club partners with local publishers to each month promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that KYD is gunning for everyone to read!

Through a series of events, online content, podcast coverage and profiles, the KYD First Book Club encourages wide-ranging and long-lasting conversations about these authors and their books both on and off the screen.

September First Book Club: Yumna Kassab’s The House of Youssef

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for September is Yumna Kassab’s The House of Youssef (Giramondo), a remarkable, minimalist collection of short stories portraying the lives of Lebanese immigrants and their families in Western Sydney.

Two sequences of vignettes focus on moments of domestic crisis, and combine to chart the demise of a single family, ‘the House of Youssef’. The stories revolve around their hopes and regrets, their feelings of isolation, and their nostalgia for what they might have lost or left behind. In particular, The House of Youssef is about relationships, and the customs which complicate them: children growing away from their parents, parents anxious about their children’s futures, the intricacies of marriage, the breakable bonds of friendship.

Stay tuned for features on our website and podcast throughout the month!

Coming up in October: Ruby Hamad’s White Tears, Brown Scars (MUP).

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