Longlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize

Lucky Ticket – Joey Bui

Fiction · Text Publishing

Lucky Ticket

About the book

“This is a book we found ourselves wanting to carry around, look at, repeatedly leaf through and show off to people.”

– 2020 Stella Prize Judges

Joey Bui

About the author

Joey Bui

Joey Bui is a Vietnamese-Australian writer. She graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi, where she completed her first collection of short stories, Lucky Ticket, based on interviews with Vietnamese refugees around the world. Joey has been published in journals and magazines in the U.S. and Australia. She is currently studying at Harvard Law School.

Further Reading


“Bui’s narratives are profound and unforgettable.” Cassandra Atherton, Australian Book Review.

“The experiences of people of colour reign supreme in this collection with the few white characters, distinguishable only by their privilege, otherwise relegated to the margins.” Sonia Nair, Books+Publishing.


Read ‘Interview #144 — Joey Bui’ by Shirley Le in Liminal Magazine.

Read Bui’s interview “My Strange Australian Story is Also a Great Australian Story” with Alan Vaawerk, Kill Your Darlings.

Listen to ‘Debut writers series: Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui’ on The Book Show, ABC Radio National.

Judges’ report

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