The White Girl
Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. Raising her granddaughter Sissy on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing Aboriginal children from their communities. When the menacing Sergeant Lowe arrives in town, determined to fully enforce the law, any freedom that Odette and Sissy enjoy comes under grave threat. Odette must make an impossible choice to protect her family.
In The White Girl, Tony Birch has created memorable characters whose capacity for love and courage are a timely reminder of the endurance of the human spirit.
‘Birch has great empathy and a skilful pen to match.’ – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"The White Girl is a striking new novel from one of Australia’s best. When her under-the-radar existence comes under threat from a cop whose authority over the Aboriginals in his town is absolute, Odette is forced to take an enormous risk for the welfare of her grandaughter, Sissy. Written with a deep sense of empathy and purpose, The White Girl is a powerful and urgent novel." – Ben Hunter, Booktopian Review