Examining ideas of belonging and being an outsider, this story follows Billy, a young school teacher and drifter who arrives in Australia's remote far north in search of his past, his Aboriginal roots, and his future. Through masterful language and metaphor, as well as a sophisticated tone that is both subtle and spirited, the novel finds Billy in a region not only of abundance and beauty but also of conflict, dispossession, and dislocation. On the frontier between cultures, Billy must find where he belongs in what is ultimately a powerful portrayal of the discovery of self and a sensitive exploration of race and culture.
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Kim Scott is the award-winning author of Benang: From the Heart, The Dredgersaurus, and Kayang and Me.Review:
"A superb novel, original in conception and wonderfully evocative." —Australian
"This vital, often lyrical and always uncompromising novel marks an impressive debut." —Australian Book Review
"A timeless Australian novel . . . Rich in language, and ultimately uplifting, True Country explores issues of cultural heritage and identity that are [still] relevant today." —West Australian, Perth
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