Mount Pleasant

By Adam Byatt

Publication date: 6/2/21
Genre: Literary Fiction
Sub Genres: Suburban Realism/Short Story Collection
Paperback:  978-0-6486706-7-4
ePub: 978-0-6486706-3-6
Kindle B08VW8TJF3
Pages: 80
Paperback: A$21.99
eBook: A$2.99


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Mount Pleasant is a concept chapbook of 10 short stories based on the music of Solkyri.

Solkyri are a Sydney-based instrumental post-rock band, and Mount Pleasant is their fourth album, released in February 2020.

Mount Pleasant is inhabited by individuals who experience joy and laughter, doubt and confusion, fear and uncertainty, revelation and resurrection. These stories invite us to reflect on who we are now and ask us to investigate ourselves in relation to the pasts that may or may not have shaped us and the futures we wish to shape for ourselves.

“I am conscious of where I come from and the sadness that grows inside of me. I am curious to know what it means and what it makes me.”

In a Western Sydney suburb that no longer exists, its name erased and replaced with another, a façade is created to mask the truth of its existence.

Behind it is…

a girl who runs

a young woman dreaming beyond her uniform

a boy cycling through his family line

a girl who yearns for metamorphosis

a young man playing with polarities

a father who has lost himself

a young man decaying under the summer sun a man’s apology

a woman who longs to be seen

When the viciousness of hope is a powerful drug,the inescapability of hopelessness is even more devastating.

Ben Hobson, author of To Become A Whale and Snake Island said, “Profound slices of human truth. There is such a clarity in character, and a precision in a lived experience of Australia within these stories. Adam’s skill is in making us remember those small moments in our lives that mean so much to us. Read this to engage your heart.”

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