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Book Review - The Burnished Sun

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

This brilliant collection of short stories covers a diverse range of characters across time, place, and culture. From a teenage skateboarder being told he doesn’t belong, to an elderly woman isolated during COVID, to a girl being horse-traded in the night, these stories reflect the way an individual’s place in society determines how they are treated in the world.

Told from a very intimate perspective, the stories portray how it feels to be on the receiving end of racism, misogyny and powerlessness, and the affect is visceral and heartbreaking. With vivid and beautiful prose, Mirandi Riwoe creates characters with families, homes, and cultures, who are maligned and abused just for being who they are. Racial slurs disguised as jokes, sexual exploitation by employers and exclusion from mainstream society are just some of the problems they must contend with. Some of them learn to negotiate it. Some don’t.

It's one thing to understand injustice in on an intellectual level, and another to be able to feel it. And Mirandi Riwoe’s stories help us do just that..

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