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The Healing Party

The Healing Party: A Novel

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Awards for The Healing Party

  • Shortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017
  • Longlisted, 2017 Voss Literary Prize

About the author

Micheline Lee

Born in Malaysia, Micheline Lee migrated to Melbourne when she was eight. After completing a law degree she lived in Darwin for fifteen years. Her first job was as a criminal prosecutor and her next job was as a painter, holding exhibitions in Australia …

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Praise for The Healing Party

‘A compelling portrait of religious zealotry but also of true goodness. The portrait of the family is wonderfully realised, especially the mother, whom Lee has imbued with warmth and grace, and her own inner mystery.’ —Amanda Lohrey

‘Micheline Lee excels at drawing the ambiguities and frictions of familial connections: conflict, dislike and difference balanced by enduring love, which, in this family, is felt, but never expressed ... Lee creates a memorable, almost tragi-comic portrait of an Asian-Australian family.’ —Books+Publishing

‘The tenderness and exasperation with which the characters are drawn will ensure comparisons with Amy Tan … The Healing Party succeeds in the aim all novels share: it suggests new ways of seeing.’ —The Monthly

‘The combination of a family on high alert while dealing with terminal illness, cultural difference, blind faith, and grieving provides all the momentum and drama a reader could wish for.’ —Booktopia

‘A wild family drama, shot through with a furious, pure and grieving love.’ —Helen Garner

The Healing Party is part reality television and part an anthropological study of a strange foreign culture … [a] deceptively simple, disciplined work’ —Saturday Paper

‘Lee is an exceptionally talented writer … An impressive, unique Australian debut.’ —Readings Monthly

‘A gripping family drama concerning love, grief and the complexities of faith.’ —Canberra Weekly

‘Incredibly gripping, highly recommended’ —Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales, Chat 10 Looks 3

‘I couldn't stop till I finished. Horrifying and wonderful.’ —David Marr

‘A compelling portrait of family life’ —MiNDFOOD

‘Compelling from start to finish, The Healing Party is a mature and illuminating account of the complex ties of family.’ —Australian Book Review