The White Girl by Tony Birch
Set in the early sixties, The White Girl (UQP 2019) by Tony Birch, introduces us to Odette Brown, a fiercely protective Aboriginal woman who is willing to do anything to keep her granddaughter Sissy safe. Threatened by the laws of the time and the white people all too keen to follow them, Odette’s story rings with emotional truth, and bears witness to our country’s harsh past practices.
My Name is Revenge by Ashley Kalagian Blunt
My Name is Revenge (Spineless Wonders 2019), by Ashley Kalagian Blunt, is a compact collection of a novella and three non-fiction essays that dissects the history of the Armenian culture, particularly the genocide of 1915. In an engaging combination of the personal and the communal, the author shares her research, her family history, her questions, her findings and her imagination. Complete with a gallery of black and white photos, My Name is Revenge is a perfect blend of fact and fiction.
Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson
Daughter of Bad Times (Allen and Unwin 2019), by Rohan Wilson, is a taut, compelling and engaging story that emphasises the human connections of parents, friends and lovers against the backdrop of a future sabotaged by climate change and political turmoil. Rising sea levels and stateless refugees become opportunities for global multinational profit, but love and optimism remain ignited.