The Weight of a Human Heart

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Stories full of wit, irony, wild invention, love and pain – and sometimes shocking power' Paddy O'Reilly

'By turns acerbic, playful and serious, O'Neill is equally at home with satire and pathos' CATE KENNEDY

Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, this collection turns the rules of storytelling on their head.

A series of graphs illustrates the disintegration of a marriage, step by excruciating step.

A literary stoush – and an affair – play out in the book review section of a national newspaper.

The heartbreaking story of a Rwandan boy is hidden in the pages of his English exam paper.
A young girl learns her mother's disturbing secrets through the broken key on a typewriter.

Ranging from Australia to Africa to China and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart heralds a fresh new voice in Australian literature.