Swallow the Air

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, 2008 - Australian fiction - 146 pages
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When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong. In this startling debut, Tara June Winch uses a fresh voice and unforgettable imagery to share her vision of growing up on society's fringes. Swallow the Air is the story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together.

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After such a big read last month, I think we all found Tara June Winch's Swallow the Air more like a breath of fresh air! After the loss of her mother, May begins a search for herself and her ... Read full review

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This book is not a bunch of mumbo jumbo and it teaches students life lessons and the way Aboriginals were treated, especially on the outskirts of the city. Racsim was a major problem back then, and this book has such great imagery that it brings you back to that time.

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