A stunning debut novel from the winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

When Mina receives an urgent call from her best friend back in Melbourne, her world is turned upside down. Her reclusive mother, Elaine, has left the house for the first time in twelve years.

Mina drops everything to fly home, only to discover that Elaine will not talk about her sudden return to the world, nor why she’s spent so much time hiding from it. Their reunion leaves Mina raking through pieces of their painful past in a bid to uncover the truth.

Both tender and fierce, heartbreaking and funny, Kokomo is a story about how secrets and love have the power to bring us together and tear us apart.


‘Kokomo is unexpected and incredible storytelling. Crystalline, genuine, heartbreaking and powerful.’ – Sarah Schmidt

‘This superbly written book will appeal to readers of Zadie Smith and Jennifer Down.’ – Books + Publishing

‘It does not disappoint.’ – The Guardian

‘A timely song of secrets, sex and the meaning of love’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘A coming-of-age novel for the Peter Pan generation, Kokomo juggles the dissatisfactions of sex, marriage, and corporate ambition with deceptive lightness and radiant empathy. Reading this book felt like drinking with friends in a cozy pub until last call; I emerged from it shiny-faced, unbothered by the cold, wanting more.’ – Laura Elizabeth Woollett