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  • Published: 5 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761342813
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 7 hr 34 min
  • Narrator: Shiromi Arserio
  • RRP: $34.99

Others Were Emeralds




A stirring coming-of-age novel about guilt, loss, love and memory. Others Were Emeralds explores the inherent danger of allowing our misconceptions to shape our reality.

This is the part in the story where someone I love would only appear again in flashbacks.
The daughter of Cambodian refugees, Ai grew up in the small Australian town of Whitlam populated by Asian immigrants who once fled war-torn countries to rebuild their shattered lives. It is now the late 90s and despite their parents’ harrowing past, Ai and her tightknit group of school friends lead seemingly ordinary lives, far removed from the unimaginable horrors suffered by their parents.

But that carefree innocence is shattered in their last year of school when an incident involving Ai and her friends spirals into senseless violence, leaving behind a trail of unresolved trauma. Years later, Ai is compelled to look back on the tragedy that shaped her adolescence, to examine the role she may have unwittingly played.

Internationally acclaimed poet Lang Leav brings her poetical lyricism and emotional acumen to create a rich and compelling coming-of-age narrative set against the backdrop of anti-Asian sentiment sweeping Australia in the late 90s.

  • Published: 5 September 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761342813
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 7 hr 34 min
  • Narrator: Shiromi Arserio
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Lang Leav

Lang Leav was born in a refugee camp after her family fled the Khmer Rouge. She spent her formative years in Sydney, Australia, in the predominantly migrant town of Cabramatta. Among her many achievements, Lang is the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, a Churchill Fellowship, and a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award. She has been featured on CNN, SBS Australia, Intelligence Squared UK, and Radio New Zealand and in various publications, including Vogue, Newsweek, the Straits Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, and the New York Times. She lives in New Zealand.

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