Butterfly Song

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Aboriginal Australians - 291 pages
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Tarena Shaw has just finished her law degree but isn't sure she wants to be a lawyer after all. What place does a black lawyer have in a white system? Does everyone in Sydney feel like a turtle without a shell?

Drawn to Thursday Island, the home of her grandparents, Tarena is persuaded by her family to take on her first case. Part of the evidence is a man with a guitar and a very special song . . .

Butterfly Song moves from the pearling days of the Torres Strait to the ebb and flow of big-city life, with a warm and funny modern heroine whose story reaches across cultures.

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I really liked this book, devoured it in just over a day. A beautiful story, beautifully told. Read full review

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Great book. Didn't want to put it down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The story was great and truly inspiring even though it was fiction. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Terri Janke is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait Islands and the Wuthathi people of mainland Australia. She was born in Cairns and now lives with her husband and two children in Sydney, where she runs her own legal firm specialising in Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. She has written widely about these issues, and her short stories have been published in Island and Southerly. Butterfly Song is her first novel.

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