"The Garden Book" by Brian Castro. [review - radio script]
Dooley, Gillian Mary
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"The Garden Book" is the tragic story of Swan, the daughter of the first Chinese Ph.D. in Australia, a formidably erudite man who, in the xenophobia of the great depression years, is unable to keep even a job as a county school teacher and falls into a terminal decline. Swan, also highly educated, marries an Australian autodidactic misfit, Darcy Damon, former prisoner and sailor, who had encountered opium in his travels in China.