Allen & Unwin
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Allen & Unwin (2020-10)
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by Asphyxia,

Future Girl is a captivating own-voice coming-of-age novel that bursts with passion, resilience, optimism and joie-de-vivre. Presented as 16-year-old Piper's stunning visual-art journal, author Asphyxia deftly weaves her detailed insight into Deaf culture and what it feels like to be d/Deaf throughout this compelling story set in the near future.

Piper's mum wants her to be 'normal', to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and the city lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.

When Piper meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world in which Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.

As Piper dives into learning Auslan, a sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, she finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community but is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place betwixt the Deaf and hearing worlds. How can they be together?

Offering an authentic window into the world of the Deaf, Future Girl is also rich with romance, a fraught and complicated mother-daughter relationship, inspiration to live more sustainably, and guidance for those interested in art-journaling. It's absorbing, interesting, motivating and important - all in one.

Asphyxia is an artist, writer, public speaker, avid art-journal creator and the author of the much-loved junior fiction Grimstone series. Deaf since the age of three, Asphyxia learnt to sign when she was eighteen, which changed her life. She is now a Deaf activist, sharing detais of Deaf experience. She raises awareness of oppression of Deaf people and what we can do to change this. Her free online Auslan course has had over 15,000 students. Asphyxia also loves to share her art-journaling processes, helping others benefit
from its powers for self-expression, problem-solving, planning, goal-tracking and self-esteem (see Pinterest: Asphyxia1974). She lives on a small farm where she combines food-growing with art. Future Girl combines all these passions.

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German World All

Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Annelie Geissler

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