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Black Australian Writing,Fiction,Critic's Choice,Great for Christmas,David Unaipon
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Winner of the 2011 David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writing.
Growing up on the Mission isn’t easy for clever Grace Oldman. When her classmates tease her for not having a father, she doesn’t know what to say. Papa Neddy says her dad is the Lord God in Heaven, but that doesn’t help when the Mission kids call her a bastard. As Grace slowly pieces together clues that might lead to answers, she struggles to find a place in a community that rejects her for reasons she doesn’t understand.
, Dylan Coleman fictionalises her mother’s childhood at the Koonibba Lutheran Mission in South Australia in the 1940s and 50s. Woven through the narrative are the powerful, rhythmic sounds of Aboriginal English and Kokatha language.
is the inspirational story of a feisty girl who refuses to be told who she is, determined to uncover the truth for herself.
2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for
2013 Stella Prize.
2011 David Unaipon Award
for Unpublished Indigenous Writers.
‘Heart-wrenching, amusing, tragic and resilient. [
] is compelling, wonderfully well told, and deserves the widest possible audience.’
This is a poignant, witty and heart-rending story.’
‘A story of bravery and loss, growing up and discovering who you are, told with warmth and grit.’
Sydney Morning Herald
‘Pick of the Week’
] is, quite simply, a charming book: and despite its heart-wrenching moments, it's the novel's endearing qualities – its joyful qualities that prevail.’
‘I was deeply moved by this book and, by the end of the story, I wanted to give Grace a hug and a big feed!'
‘A compelling story that kept me up late and made me shed a tear more than once.’
‘[Dylan Coleman] is a gifted storyteller.
is a heart-rending, provocative and funny' story.’
‘Startling, moving, funny and accomplished.’
‘A deserved winner of the David Unaipon Award … a moving tale [that] balances beautifully the struggle of mission life with the sheer joy of being alive.’
‘An inspirational read.’
‘Coleman’s story is rich in characters. It is a real tour de force.’
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