Lake Malibu and other stories


**Overseas Buyers Only**

Su-May Tan

Two young boys dream of greener pastures in a Western country. A teenage boy falls for his best friend’s mother. An elderly lady struggles to stay in touch with her son living in Australia. Lake Malibu and other stories is a collection of interlinked short stories set in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Melbourne. They revolve around lost and lonely souls, trying to find their place in a world that is more globalised and fluid than ever, exploring themes of cultural identity and migration.

Paperback, 132 pages, $39.99 (+ $5.00 shipping surcharge) for delivery outside of Australia. 



Lake Malibu

***Shortlisted, 2022 QLD Literary Award – Steele Rudd Award for Short Story Collections***

Highly Commended, 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award

Selected for inclusion in the Aesop Women’s Library 2023 in Malaysia

Lake Malibu Shortlisted Wollahra Digital Literary Award


Su-May Tan interviewed by Liminal online magazine. Read it here.


‘A quietly powerful voice.’ —James Button


‘Engaging and elegantly written set of stories that range across Malaysia and Australia. Although this is a debut collection, it is both assured and impressive and demonstrates that this is a writer very much in command of her craft.’ —Judges’ Report, Queensland Literary Awards 2022


‘These stories were born from Su-May’s explorations of the movements and progressions that people make as humans, and the impact of the choices they make…’ —Diana Young, Two Book Nerds Talking


‘In Lake Malibu and other stories, Malaysia bursts into teeming life, sensual and unsentimental, peopled by hungry, slightly lonely souls, some Australia-bound, all longing for soul mates. This collection introduces a quietly powerful voice, one that could enrich Australian writing for years to come.’ —James Button, The Age


‘Su-May Tan writes evocative stories that ache with love, loss, and belonging. In Tan’s work, everything is subtle, though very little is simple or easy to define. This means every story in Lake Malibu and other stories echoes off the others in profound and sometimes surprising ways. What remains is a tender, often haunting meditation on the people and the places we call ‘home’. This is a gentle, graceful and exquisitely understated debut collection from one of Australia’s finest short story practitioners.’ —Laurie Steed, You Belong Here

About the author

SU-MAY (AMY) TAN was born and raised in Malaysia but is currently living in Melbourne. Her short fiction has appeared in the Margaret River Short Story Competition, Mascara Literary Review and Meniscus.

Cover Artwork: Bettina Kaiser


Distribution inquiries:

Our titles are distributed by NewSouth Books through Alliance Distribution Services:
Tel: 02 4390 1300

Additional information







Publication Date:

1 January 2022




203mm H x 103mm W

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