Hopeless Kingdom

Kgshak Akec

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2023 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD

Akita’s family have always kept moving to survive. Sudan to Cairo. Cairo to Sydney. Sydney to Geelong.

Each new place challenges Akita, her siblings and her parents. Just when eight-year-old Akita is feeling settled for the first time in her life, her parents decide to relocate to Geelong. The move is the beginning of a downward spiral that threatens to unravel the fabric of their family and any hope for finding peace and belonging. Told through the interchanging perspectives of Akita and her mother, Taresai, this coming of age story shines a light on the generational curses of trauma, complex family dynamics, and how it feels to love someone unconditionally, even when it hurts. Individually, the female narrators experience racism, rejection and despair, but together their narratives reveal a resilience of spirit and determination to transcend expectations of what a daughter, a sister, and a mother can be. Hopeless Kingdom gives a voice to the silent heartache of searching for acceptance in an adopted society which can’t look past the surface of skin colour.

Hopeless Kingdom is the winner of the 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award. Inspired by the author’s own experience of migration from Africa to Australia, this story signals a powerful new voice in Australian writing.

Sounding with humanity and hope, Hopeless Kingdom is a novel of national significance which gives voice to silent memories of migration and ultimately transforms the Australian literary landscape.

- Miles Franklin Literary Award judges

Akec is an expert in building subtle tension... a powerfully discerning novel that captures both the devastating lows of familial love, and the small pockets of joy that make a life worth living.

- Shaeden Berry, Westerly

A shining debut novel. Akec’s prose is captivating and draws you in.

- Nasteho Said, Kill Your Darlings

Author interview
Awards
Shortlisted for the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award
Awards
Winner of the 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award
Release
Aug-2022
ISBN
9781760802158
RRP (AUD)
$32.99
Pages
324
Format
Paperback & ebook
Category
Migration fiction

Kgshak Akec

Kgshak Akec is a South-Sudanese writer, performing artist, storyteller, and a lover of words. Her debut novel Hopeless Kingdom (UWA Publishing 2022) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2023.

UWA Publishing

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Hopeless Kingdom
Rights
World ex ANZ
Contact
Kate Pickard
Email
Website
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