Joan Smokes, by Angela Meyer (Paperback)


Get your hands on the winner of the inaugural Mslexia Novella Award – Joan Smokes by Angela Meyer. This smart slimline print edition is published by top indie press Saraband Books.

She used to be someone else, but now she’s arrived in Vegas, where she can start again.

It won’t do to let the past leak in. It’s the Sixties now. She’s going to become… Joan.

She makes a list: Buy a new dress (fitted, floral). Dye her hair (dark). Curl it. Buy red lipstick. Buy cigarettes and a lighter, too. Joan, she decides, is a smoker.

There’s no need to dwell on why she’s here, what went before. She is just moving forward, one foot in front of the other, becoming that new person. Joan.

This city of flashing neon, casinos and shows is full of distractions. Finding a job will be quick and easy. Things to do. New people to meet. A clean sheet.

She’s certainly not thinking about Jack, or… No. Not any more.

Her new life starts right here, right now.

“As an act of empathy, as well as a beautifully rendered work of literature, Joan Smokes shines.” Eloise Millar, Mslexia Novella Award Judge

“With spare and perfectly crafted sentences Meyer transports us to a lonely woman in a cheap motel room with a brand new pack of cigarettes. Brilliant.” Debbie Taylor, Mslexia Editor

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About the Author

Angela Meyer is an exciting new talent. Her short stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Island, The Big Issue, The Australian, The Lifted Brow and Killings. By day she works as a commissioning editor for Echo, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia, where she has discovered a number of authors, most notably Heather Morris and her runaway bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Angela Meyer is also the author of A Superior Spectre, which has been shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award, the MUD Literary Prize and an Aurealis Award.