The Cuckoo's Song

The Cuckoo's Song various editions

Award-winning author Amra Pajalić showcases her gritty, poignant and sometimes bruising voice in this eclectic short story book of previously published and prize-winning stories. Featuring powerful and moving stories of family dissolution, deprivation of war, tenderness of family and the heart-rending experiences of mental illness. Thriller stories with a twist of vindictiveness and retribution, and love stories that make the heart sing, this collection will delight and entertain.           

The Cuckoo’s Song—Francesca is ten when a gypsy fortune-teller told her the day and the hour of her death and she has been waiting since. 

Fragments—Seka and her brother forage for books in a bombed-out school in Srebrenica during the Balkan war. 

Friends Forever—Two lifelong friends share a room at a nursing home, as well as a secret or two. 

School of Hardknocks—Amina is a new high school student after migrating from Bosnia and struggles to acclimate to the Aussie way of life. 

Woman on Fire—A young girl lives with her mother’s boyfriend when her mentally ill mother is admitted into hospital.

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Nervous Breakdown
'Rebellion is fuelled by the cultural disconnect between themselves and their migrant parents.' Sydney Morning Herald

'A powerful and moving story of family dissolution and the suffering, deprivation and terror of war.' Australian Book Review
'Amra Pajalić’s Bosnian Diary is a masterpiece of broken elegy.' Bulletin Review

Flirty Eyes
'Interesting' and 'original' writing. Australian Book Review
'Marvellous' and 'brisk' writing. Rip it Up Review ​

Reading Age:   14+

BISAC Codes: FIC029000       FICTION / Short Stories (single author) 
                        FIC019000       FICTION / Literary

Thema Codes: FYB Short stories

Ebook:              OverDrive, Bibliotheca, Baker & Taylor, Hoopla, BorrowBox
Book:                IngramSpark









9780645331004 Ebook 9.99 267 30/01/22
9780645331011 Paperback 12 cm x 20 5 x 8 19.99 9.99 210 30/01/22
9781922871039 Hardcover 13 cm x 21 5.5 x 8.5 29.99 19.99 132 05/08/22
9781922871053 Dyslexic edition 22 cm x 15 9 x 6  29.99 19.99 284 06/08/22
Large Print 22 cum x 15 9 x 16 44.99 34.99 444 07/08/22
Audio AI 4.99 4.00