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Bonnie Etherington was born in Nelson, New Zealand, but spent most of her childhood in West Papua and her experiences there inspired her first novel. Currently, she lives with her husband and cat in Chicago, where she is working towards a PhD at Northwestern University, focusing on tropical ecologies in South East Asian and Oceania literatures. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2016, and has had poetry, short fiction, and travel writing published in literary magazines and anthologies in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Malaysia. She was shortlisted for the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award in 2013, and named AA Directions’ New Travel Writer of the Year in 2011.

Awards & Recognition

  • Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

    Longlisted • 2018 • Acorn Prize

  • Saroyan Prize

    Shortlisted • 2018 • Saroyan Prize

The Earth Cries Out Bonnie Etherington

'This is a substantial and evocative work' - Otago Daily Times

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