Author(s): Paul Mitchell
Three brothers are forced to confront the quiet, pervasive violence of their family's past and the distances to which they have all carried their father's pain into their own futures. Paul Mitchell's episodic novel is an unraveling of the twisting threads that tie us to the past. We. Are. Family. explores the trauma handed down through generations as folklore and the way we all relate to those closest to us. The damaging idea of Australian masculinity is described with tenderness and dry humour. Taking cues from Tim Winton's The Turning, Paul Mitchell's We. Are. Family. is a cyclic meditation on the slow turning of life and the interconnectedness of identity and family.