The first book that I've completed for the Aussie Author Challenge is Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington/Nugi Garimara. I selected this book because an Australian friend of mine told me that she read this in school, and it was memorable for her.
This is a true-story experienced by the mother and auntie's of the author. From a terribly sad and inhumane time of Australian history, this story is set in the 1930s and tells of three girls that are "half caste" (mixed race from a white settlement father and an Aboriginal indigenous mother). They are taken, virtually kidnapped and stolen from their families under the premise that they will be given a good education and prepared for better employment opportunities. These children were removed from their families, unwillingly, taken across a strange land, put on a boat, a taken to a "school" that was described more like a jail with bars and the windows and padlocks on the doors.
The story specifically follows the journey of Molly, Daisy, and Gracie as they trek over dangerous conditions to find their way back home to their own families and community. But, the bigger scope is the actions of settlers who take indigenous land as their own, implement their own laws and regulations, and forever alter an entire race of human beings.
It's the 7th year for the Aussie Author Challenge, and my 2nd year participating (click on the picture/link to take you directly to the site for more information). My preliminary book list is as follows:
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (non-fiction)- COMPLETED 17 January 2016
- Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
- Life or Death by Michael Robotham
- Praise by Andrew McGahan
- Guilt by Matthew Nable
Authors New to Me: