Virtual Book Club: Fragile Monsters (2021) by Catherine Menon

3.00PM Wed 18 May 2022
QAGOMA | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us at one of the meetings at the Gallery. From January through to May the titles on the reading list will connect to, contextualise and complement ideas presented in the tenth iteration of the Gallery’s flagship exhibition series, ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’.

Fragile Monsters (2021), by Catherine Menon

Session 1: Wed 18 May, 3.00pm | Virtual

Session 2: Thu 26 May Thu 19 May, 10.30am | On-site (rescheduled to Thu 26 May due to unforeseen circumstances)

Session 3: Sat 28 May, 3.00pm | On-site

Mary is a difficult grandmother for Durga to love. She is sharp-tongued and ferocious, with more demons than there are lines on her palms. When Durga visits her in rural Malaysia, she only wants to endure Mary, and the dark memories home brings, for as long as it takes to escape. But a reckoning is coming. Stuck together in the rising heat, both women must untangle the truth from the myth of their family's past. What happened to Durga's mother after she gave birth? Why did so many of their family members disappear during the war? And who is to blame for the childhood tragedy that haunts her to this day?
In her stunning debut novel Catherine Menon traces one family's story from 1920 to the present, unravelling a thrilling tale of love, betrayal and redemption against the backdrop of natural disasters and fallen empires. Written in vivid technicolour, with an electric daughter-grandmother relationship at its heart, Fragile Monsters explores what happens when secrets fester through the generations.

Virtual Book Club: Free for Members / $5 Members' Guests
On-site Book Club: $12 Members / $17 Members' Guests (includes refreshments)
Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store.
APT10 Reading List
-Breasts and Eggs (2020), by Mieko Kawakami
-China Room (2021), by Sunjeev Sahota
-Human Acts (2017), by Han Kang
-On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (2019), by Ocean Vuong
-Fragile Monsters (2021), by Catherine Menon