Winner of the 2018 Australian Indie Award / Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Literary Gold Medal
A quick, cruel, coming-of-age tale in the vein of recent remarkable literature on dangerous girlhoods and disjointed families.
Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her grandfather. She finds sanctuary in Pop’s chickens and the beauty of the Choke, a narrow stretch of the nearby Murray River. But there is no one to protect Justine from danger. Her father is a criminal, and the world he exposes her to is lethal.
A brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can’t be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature.