A remarkable debut collection of short stories set in Western Sydney, Yumna Kassab’s The House of Youssef explores the lives of Lebanese migrants living in the area. Yumna portrays the push and pull of being a second-generation Lebanese-Australian, and explores the psyches of first-generation migrants who live in one place yet dream of another. Yumna talks with Sheila Ngoc Pham about her acclaimed debut that speaks to the relationship between parents and children, the dark secrets of marriage and the breakable bonds between friends.
Yumna Kassab (Australian)
Yumna Kassab was born and raised in Western Sydney. She completed her schooling in Parramatta, except for two formative years when she lived in Lebanon with her family. She went on to study medical science at Macquarie University and neuroscience at Sydney University. She currently teaches in regional New South Wales. The House of Youssef is her first book.
Sheila Ngoc Pham (Australian)
Sheila Ngoc Pham is a writer, producer and radiomaker. She regularly writes for a wide range of literary and mainstream publications, and is a judge for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Sheila has held digital and editorial roles at the ABC and continues to produce radio documentaries and stories for ABC Radio National, most recently Tongue Tied and Fluent, a five-part series exploring multilingualism in Australia.