"The Garden Book" by Brian Castro. [review - radio script]
Dooley, Gillian Mary
"The Garden Book" is the tragic story of Swan, the daughter of the first Chinese Ph.D. in Australia, a formidably erudite man who, in the xenophobia of the great depression years, is unable to keep even a job as a county school teacher and falls into a terminal decline. Swan, also highly educated, marries an Australian autodidactic misfit, Darcy Damon, former prisoner and sailor, who had encountered opium in his travels in China.
Dooley, Gillian 2005. Review of "The Garden Book" by Brian Castro. 'Writers’ Radio, Radio Adelaide', recorded 23 September 2005.