All That’s Left Unsaid
Winner of the Australian Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction • Winner of the MUD Literary Prize • Shortlisted for the BookPeople Adult Fiction Book of the Year • Shortlisted for the Literary Fiction Book of the Year and The Matt Richell Award for New Writers ABIA Awards • Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist
‘Tracey Lien’s first novel is a deeply moving tale of rage, regret and resilience . . . A brilliant debut’ The Times
‘An unforgettable debut, utterly compelling from start to finish. Original. Heartbreaking. Gripping’ Liane Moriarty
‘A gripping and unflinching narrative that is as heart-wrenching as it is unputdownable’ Karin Slaughter
They claim they saw nothing. She knows they’re lying.
‘Just let him go.’
Those are words Ky Tran will forever regret. The words she spoke when her parents called to ask if they should let her younger brother Denny out to celebrate his high school graduation with friends. That night, Denny – optimistic, guileless Denny – is brutally murdered inside a busy restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta, a refugee enclave facing violent crime, and an indifferent police force.
Returning home for the funeral, Ky learns that the police are stumped by her brother’s case. Even though several people were present at Denny’s murder, each bystander claims to have seen nothing, and they are all staying silent.
Determined to uncover the truth, Ky tracks down and questions the witnesses herself. But what she learns goes beyond what happened that fateful night. The silence has always been there, threaded through the generations, and Ky begins to expose the complex traumas weighing on those present the night Denny died. As she peels back the layers of the place that shaped her, she must confront more than the reasons her brother is dead. And once those truths have finally been spoken, how can any of them move on?
‘A shocking, deeply moving and truly special debut … A richly crafted mystery, a story that is both impossible to put down and impossible to forget’
Chris Whitaker, We Begin at the End
‘Poignant and impeccable storytelling’ Oprah Daily
Praise for All That’s Left Unsaid -
”'The best book I’ve read this year. Achingly tender and savagely honest, it is both a riveting mystery and a complex portrayal of displacement, trauma and the crippling cost of assimilation. I can’t remember a novel that made me feel so seen” - Kia Abdullah, Next of Kin
' All That’s Left Unsaid is honest, aching, and filled with beauty. It will transport you' Julia Phillips, internationally bestselling author of Disappearing Earth -
”'A stunning debut, an unputdownable mystery combined with a profoundly moving family drama about the ways we hurt and hide from those we love most - and how we mend and strengthen those lifelong bonds. It blew me away” - Angie Kim, Miracle Creek
”'An extraordinary work of Australian literature about who we are as a nation. This book deserves to be a classic in our literary canon. Profoundly moving, riveting, tender and heartbreaking. What a read. Tracey Lien is a major new voice in our literary landscape and I can’t wait to read what she writes next. Bravo” - Nikki Gemmell
”'Memorable and powerful . . . Lien’s debut communicates the specific operation of generational trauma with nuance and insight . . . A fictional tragedy evoked with such clarity and specificity that it will linger in your memory as if it really happened” - Kirkus Reviews
”'Quite simply one of the best books I’ve ever read” - Good Reading
”'A powerful read that explores community and racial discrimination” - Good Housekeeping
”'An eye-opening, honest portrayal” - Adele Parks, Platinum magazine