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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 The Incredible Here and Now
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'Michael’s older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros’ Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael’s coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where ‘those who don’t know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors’, and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures. Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael’s community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman. Suitable for young readers from 14 years of age.' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

y separately published work icon The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2017 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017 10865594 2017 single work drama

'That’s what West is: shiny cars and loud things, people coming, people going-movement. Those who don’t know any better, they come in to the neighbourhood and lock their windows and drive on through, never stopping before they get somewhere else.”

'Charcoal chicken, a white Pontiac Trans Am, the Council pool. Michael is living in the shadow of his older brother Dom. The biggest guy in the school. Best car in the West.

'The guy who just can’t help but grab everyone’s attention. The guy with the girlfriend with the huge-arse hair. When he is gone Michael roams the streets, navigating life, friendship, love and family.' (Production summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Zain

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2013 .
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      Extent: 200p.
      Note/s:
      • Published September 2013
      ISBN: 9781922146366

Other Formats

Works about this Work

Hopefully the Future Is Dark Felicity Castagna , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , April 2019;

'Some people say ‘West’ like it is something wrong, like ice-cream that fell in a gutter. I think West is like my brother’s music, too much bass so you end up dancing like your body parts don’t fit together and laughing all at the same time. That’s what West is: shiny cars and loud things, people coming, people going – movement. Those who don’t know any better, they come into the neighbourhood and lock their windows and drive on through, never stopping before they get somewhere else.

'These are the first few lines of my second book The Incredible Here and Now. I can’t say that I like them very much. I don’t think they work. The rhythm is great, some of the images too, but really what blows the whole thing is that it’s too restrictive, too reductive an image of what western Sydney is to be that useful.' (Introduction)

The New Australian Literary Frontier : Writing Western Sydney Matt McGuire , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 17 February 2015;
Review : The Incredible Here and Now Selina Samuels , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 74 no. 3 2014;

— Review of The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel
The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna Stella Lees , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 22 no. 1 2014; (p. 12)

— Review of The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel
The Year’s Work in Fiction Robyn Mundy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 59 no. 1 2014; (p. 124-143)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story ; An Elegant Young Man Luke Carman , 2013 selected work short story ; The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel ; Elemental Amanda Curtin , 2013 single work novel ; Now Showing Ron Elliott , 2013 selected work short story ; The Heaven I Swallowed Rachel Hennessy , 2013 single work novel ; Stella's Sea Sally-Ann Jones , 2013 single work novel ; The Young Desire It : A Novel Seaforth MacKenzie , 1937 single work novel ; Inland Gerald Murnane , 1988 single work novel ; White Light Mark O'Flynn , 2013 selected work short story ; Knitting and Other Stories : Margaret River Short Story Competition 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Best Australian Stories 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion , 2013 single work novel ; Lives of the Dead Jane Skelton , 2013 selected work short story ; The Double (And Other Stories) Maria Takolander , 2013 selected work short story ; Harmless Julienne Van Loon , 2013 single work novel ; Letters to the End of Love Yvette Walker , 2013 single work novel ; Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel ; The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
The Incredible Here and Now Elli Housden , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28-29 September 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Jo Goodman , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 28 no. 5 2013; (p. 40-41)

— Review of The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel
Grief and Adolescent Angst : Victoria Nugent Reviews ‘The Incredible Here and Now’ by Felicity Castagna Victoria Nugent , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , December - February no. 10 2013-2014;

— Review of The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 January 2014; (p. 32) The Canberra Times , 11 January 2014; (p. 20) The Age , 11 January 2014; (p. 22)

— Review of The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel ; The Spy James Phelan , 2013 single work novel ; The Winter Sea Di Morrissey , 2013 single work novel
The Year’s Work in Fiction Robyn Mundy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 59 no. 1 2014; (p. 124-143)

— Review of Elephants in the Bush and Other Yamatji Yarns Clarrie Cameron , 2013 single work prose life story ; An Elegant Young Man Luke Carman , 2013 selected work short story ; The Incredible Here and Now Felicity Castagna , 2013 single work novel ; Elemental Amanda Curtin , 2013 single work novel ; Now Showing Ron Elliott , 2013 selected work short story ; The Heaven I Swallowed Rachel Hennessy , 2013 single work novel ; Stella's Sea Sally-Ann Jones , 2013 single work novel ; The Young Desire It : A Novel Seaforth MacKenzie , 1937 single work novel ; Inland Gerald Murnane , 1988 single work novel ; White Light Mark O'Flynn , 2013 selected work short story ; Knitting and Other Stories : Margaret River Short Story Competition 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Best Australian Stories 2013 2013 selected work short story ; The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion , 2013 single work novel ; Lives of the Dead Jane Skelton , 2013 selected work short story ; The Double (And Other Stories) Maria Takolander , 2013 selected work short story ; Harmless Julienne Van Loon , 2013 single work novel ; Letters to the End of Love Yvette Walker , 2013 single work novel ; Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel ; The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
Writing Their Way to Fame Katharine England , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 April 2014; (p. 58)
The New Australian Literary Frontier : Writing Western Sydney Matt McGuire , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 17 February 2015;
Hopefully the Future Is Dark Felicity Castagna , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , April 2019;

'Some people say ‘West’ like it is something wrong, like ice-cream that fell in a gutter. I think West is like my brother’s music, too much bass so you end up dancing like your body parts don’t fit together and laughing all at the same time. That’s what West is: shiny cars and loud things, people coming, people going – movement. Those who don’t know any better, they come into the neighbourhood and lock their windows and drive on through, never stopping before they get somewhere else.

'These are the first few lines of my second book The Incredible Here and Now. I can’t say that I like them very much. I don’t think they work. The rhythm is great, some of the images too, but really what blows the whole thing is that it’s too restrictive, too reductive an image of what western Sydney is to be that useful.' (Introduction)

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