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Something Blue

Alex Sarkis

When nothing goes right, go West.

Twenty-six-year-old Nicole Najim is struggling to find herself after a painful breakup, just when she thought she was going to settle down.
Working a dead-end job in the family car dealership and at a loose end, she picks up her camera and returns to the melting pot of Sydney’s West to rediscover her roots.
When she catches up with childhood friend, Danny, who makes his living in a shadowy underworld, their relationship intensifies just as the law starts to close in. Nicole must weigh her feelings against her deepest fears, all while chasing her own dreams and capturing the hidden truths around her.

Alex Sarkis writes with warmth, humour, and a spot-on eye for the characters and suburbs of the world she grew up in.
This is a novel about loving home and leaving home, but never escaping your roots. Or your footy colours.

About the Author

Alex Sarkis was born and raised in Sydney’s West to Lebanese immigrant parents. In her early twenties she began writing stories of her own. Her main source of inspiration has always been the wild and wonderful landscape of her hometown, her family’s heritage, and the pride she feels in being an Australian. Something Blue is her debut novel.


'It’s clear Sarkis loves the place she comes from: every suburb, street, home and hair salon is written with affection for the people and culture it represents.' – The Conversation


'Set in Sydney's diverse Western suburbs, this tender coming-of-age story about love, loyalty and what home means also functions as a visceral love letter to the glorious, foliage-filled melting pot of its location … I rooted for Nicole and raced straight through to the end.' – Daily Mail UK


'hysterically funny … This is the chaotic love child of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Bridget Jones's Diary.' – Glamour




Pub Date
January 2024




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