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Swallow the Air

Tara June Winch


Swallow the Air (2006) is the critically acclaimed first novel by Aboriginal Australian writer, Tara June Winch.

The narrator is May Gibson whose mother has killed herself and she and her older brother, Billy, have been taken in by their Aunty.

When Aunty’s gambling and alcoholism has become unbearable and Billy has left home, 15 year old May leaves home too, in search for her white father and for her mother’s Aboriginal family.

The story May tells of grief and loss is devastating, but the story has a hopeful ending when May realises where home is.

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