Mother of Pearl to be published by Transit Lounge in 2019

Contract happiness

The joy of signing a publishing contract

I am absolutely delighted to share the news that my new novel, Mother of Pearl, will be published by Transit Lounge in July 2019.

Mother of Pearl was written as part of my PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University, and explores the complex and contentious topic of overseas commercial surrogacy.

Here’s the elevator pitch:

Mother of Pearl tells the story of three women. Mukda is a single mother in provincial Thailand, struggling to make ends meet. Anna is an aid worker, trying to settle back into life in Melbourne after more than a decade in Southeast Asia. Meg, Anna’s sister, holds out hope for a child, despite seven fruitless years of IVF. The three women’s lives become intimately intertwined in the unsettling and extraordinary process of bringing a child into the world across borders of class, culture and nationality.

Here’s what my thesis examiners had to say about the novel:

‘A considered and accomplished piece of work’

‘Characters are deeply imagined and plausible.’

‘The plot is well-handled, with the movements back and forth between Thai and Australian settings and characters, and between time frames, highly effective…

‘As the story develops, readers (at least this reader) are held in thrall, as issues of pregnancy, desired motherhood, and birth are all dealt with in convincing and
empathetic ways.’

And this from Christos Tsiolkas:

What I find remarkable about this novel is how it refuses easy and lazy judgement, how it takes seriously questions of loss, longing, and our human need to connect with each other. The writing is moving and powerful, the story riveting, and the execution both daring and engrossing. It is a book that is both devastating and hopeful. It is a wonderful read.

I’m very grateful to my agent Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown for helping to find the right publisher, and to Barry Scott and his team at Transit Lounge for their vote of confidence in a book that was a labour of love for me (no pun intended). Barry was charged with administering the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript when I won back in 2004, an award that launched my writing career, with the publication of my first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar (Text, 2006). So it seems fitting that Barry should publish a work that is, as a non-genre novel, a new beginning for me.

I have many other people to thank, but I’ll save that for the acknowledgements section of the novel. In the meantime, I’m simply delighted to share this news.

About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel is, Mother of Pearl, published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing, is former CEO of Writers Victoria, and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.
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23 Responses to Mother of Pearl to be published by Transit Lounge in 2019

  1. icewineanne says:

    Warmest congratulations Angela 😊

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  2. Olgamary Savage says:

    Wonderful news so richly deserved

    Mutti x

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  3. SD says:

    Congratulations, Angela. I look forward to reading it.

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  4. Tseen Khoo says:

    More of your writing to read – BONUS. And congrats!

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  5. amandacurtin says:

    It sounds wonderful, Angela. Huge congratulations to you. x

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  6. Congratulations Angela. I remember your mentioning writing about surrogacy a year or so ago. So glad you are nearly there!

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  7. Margot Kinberg says:

    This is fabulous news, Angela! I am very, very happy for you. Well deserved! I’m excited to read it.

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  8. Wow Angela this is amazing news… Wish u the very best… I missed your readings after my fallout of the PhD classes but I will surely get hold of a copy of this book once it’s out… Lots of love XOXO

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  9. Magdalena McGuire says:

    It’s such a wonderful and timely book. I can’t wait to see it released into the world! Congratulations!

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  10. FictionFan says:

    Great news, Angela! Congratulations! Tell your publisher I will be most annoyed if it doesn’t come out in the UK…

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  11. Jo says:

    Fabulous news. I’ll be very much looking forward to reading this.

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  12. Kathy D. says:

    Congratulations on having this very interesting book published. And I will be irked if it doesn’t come to the States. Can’t wait to read it.


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