Longlisted for the 2022 Stella Prize

She is Haunted – Paige Clarke

Fiction · Allen & Unwin

About the Book

A mother cuts her daughter’s hair because her own starts falling out. A woman leaves her boyfriend because he reminds her of a corpse; another undergoes brain surgery to try to live more comfortably in higher temperatures. A widow physically transforms into her husband so that she does not have to grieve.

In She Is Haunted, these renditions of the author search for recognition and connection, and, more than anything else, small moments of empathy. But in what world will she move beyond her haunted past and find compassion for herself?

With piercing insights into transnational Asian identity, intergenerational trauma and grief, the dynamics of mother-daughter relationships, the inexplicable oddities of female friendship, and the love of a good dog, Paige Clark has crafted an exquisite, moving and sophisticated debut work of fiction. Full of wit and humour, She Is Haunted announces an entrancing new literary voice as contemporary as it is unique.

“If this is what she can do with her debut work, we can’t wait to see what she writes next.”

– 2022 Stella Prize Judges

Paige Clark

About the Author

Paige Clark

Paige Clark is a Chinese/American/Australian fiction writer, researcher and teacher from Los Angeles. Her fiction has appeared in Meanjin,  Meniscus and  New World Writing. In 2019, she was runner-up for the Peter Carey Short Story Award and shortlisted for the David Harold Tribe Fiction Award. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication Theory from Boston University and a Master of Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of Melbourne, where she is currently at work on her PhD. Her research addresses the relationship between race, craft, and the teaching of creative writing. She lives in Melbourne with her partner, Alex, and their dog, Freddie. She is Haunted is her debut collection of short stories.

Further Reading


“Every story reads like a thought experiment, or a fragment of self; hyperreal, philosophical, and rich in non-generic symbolism.” – Nanci Nott, ArtsHub

“Clark’s conversational and comic approach to emotionally charged subjects and to subconscious fears and desires is more affecting than one might expect, and more entertaining.” – Francesca Sasnaitis, Australian Book Review

“Paige Clark’s debut collection She is Haunted might just be one of the best books of the year.” – Emily Paull, The AU Review


Read ‘My husband finished his album from hospital. His death taught me how to live’ by Paige Clark in The Guardian

Read ‘5 Questions with Paige Clark’ via Liminal Mag

Watch Paige Clark discuss She Is Haunted  via Avid Reader Bookshop

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