When she married Luke Harris, Sopoline thought she'd escaped her past. Here she's Mrs. Harris, a country town butcher's wife, and Cambodia seems a long way away. Until Luke's mysterious disappearance prompts an investigation. Sopoline's response to her husband vanishing puzzles local policeman, Gan. So he seeks the advice of his sister Callie - recently returned from a long and gruelling stint as an aid worker. Callie however, is struggling with her own ghosts.

Meanwhile, Sopoline has an unexpected visitor in the form of the Naga: a mythical water serpent. As Gan finds himself increasingly drawn to the enigmatic Sopoline, his mother's growing blindness causes tension with his sister - who is beginning to suspect that there might be dark secrets in the butcher's wife's Cambodian past.

  • magic realism
  • 60
  • 4 total
  • 3 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: He gave me a peck on the cheek. Afterwards I felt a bit lost and wandered downtown. It was such a perfect day. Then I saw the plane going in like a knife through butter. I felt like going north. I grew up near Prospect Park. Down we went on our toboggans in winter. But I didn't. I went south against the crowds, the second one went in, I was too close, and that, as they say was that.

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