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We Are Not The Same Anymore

Suffused with dark humour, Chris Somerville's short stories reveal the struggle for intimacy with a deft and affectionate touch.


‘These are such damn fine stories: surprising, deft and always revealing’ Benjamin Law, author of Family Law and Gaysia

We Are Not The Same Anymore is a collection of short fiction about people trying to connect with each other and the difficulties of finding intimacy. In these stories, Chris Somerville plays out the small catastrophes of everyday life, cutting his characters adrift in the uneasiness that ensues.

A man turns up at his daughter's birthday party with a goldfish in an ice-cream container. On the way to collect firewood, a woman and her teenaged neighbour crash in a snowstorm. An unwilling son helps his sister and father put up posters for a missing dog named Michael.

Familiar and endearing, Somerville's characters are consumed with their own neuroses, and through their eyes, the landscape of the domestic becomes surreal and dully terrifying. Suffused with a dark humour, their struggles for intimacy are recreated on the page with a deft and affectionate touch.

Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1984 and now lives in Queensland. In 2003 he won the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Awards and in 2009 he was shortlisted for the Queensland Premiers Literary Awards, Emerging Author category. His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Paper Radio, Islet and Stilts. He has taught in the creative writing programs at both Griffith University and the University of Queensland.
‘When I first read Chris’s work many years ago, I knew I was reading a very talented writer. His work is emotionally true, real and full of depth. He writes with a unique rhythm and voice that captures the essence of the story so well. I learn so much from his writing, both as a writer and as a reader’ – Favel Parrett, author of Past the Shallows

‘Chris Somerville is armed with the finest radar, picking up on all the loaded silences between people no one else detects, somehow knowing exactly what they all mean. These are such damn fine stories: surprising, deft and always revealing’ – Benjamin Law, author of Family Law and Gaysia

‘Chris Somerville has a unique voice, intelligent, quiet and yet very funny. These stories of emotional disconnection, familial ties and the melancholy bonds of marriage have, above all, a fundamental sense of truth. To read a Somerville story is to begin to understand something real and important about human relationships’ – Krissy Kneen, bookseller and novelist

‘The stories in We Are Not the Same Any More are at once funny and achingly sad in their exploration of the minutae of daily life’ Kristina Olsson, author of The China Garden

‘Stories that chart the landscape of love and loss with a biting and very black sense of humour. Like dreams, they refuse to provide any consolation, insisting instead on deepening the mystery of how we come together and come apart.’ Cory Taylor, author of Me and Mr Booker