Author(s): Alex Miller
'The Ancestor Game is like an elaborate house of many floors and wings and hidden rooms, interconnecting in surprising ways and inhabited by a richly divergent family of characters.' - Midwest Book Review..Steven Muir, Gertrude Speiss and Lang Tzu experience a dislocation, an ambivalence, at living in European Australia. Miller offers the writing of their individual stories -- the playing of the ancestor game -- as the solution to their dislocation. He poses a series of questions, and the reader, led on an enthralling journey into the ancestral dreams and present dilemmas of this rich cast of characters, is required to deduce the answers...'A wonderful novel of stunning intricacy and great beauty.' - Michael Ondaatje
Alex Miller won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is also winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for The Ancestor Game. Miller is twice winner of the NSW Premier's Christina Stead Prize for Fiction (for Conditions of Faith and Lovesong). Lovesong also won the Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize. He was awarded the Chinese Annual Best Foreign Novels 21st Century Weishanhi Award (for Landscape of Farewell) and the Manning Clark Medal. In 2012, following the publication of Autumn Laing, Miller won the Melbourne Prize for Literature for 'an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life'. Miller's eleventh novel, Coal Creek, won the 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Most recently, The Simplest Words: A storyteller's journey, a collection published in 2015, provides an insightful meditation on the life of the novelist and the culture of contemporary Australia.