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Fiction featuring Care Experience

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No One

John Hughes


No One (2019) by Australian writer John Hughes has a former foster child as the narrator.

The novella opens with the narrator wondering what he hit with his car one night as he’s driving along Lawson Street, Redfern, Sydney.

As he wonders what to do (which never includes going to the police), he recalls standing on Lawson Street as a child “standing there often when I was living in one of the foster home that marked my childhood like fences…” (2).

The narrator reflects often on the many foster homes he lived in, including one where the foster father was like a character out of Wake in Fright (1971).

He also befriends a young Aboriginal Australian woman he calls the Poetess. All he knows about her is that she grew up with in kinship care and that the scars on her face come from a violent partner.

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