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[#DecolonizeBookshelves2022] The Uncomplicated Love Of A Grandmother in a Complicated World

"Our stories are not written in any books, which means you'll need to keep telling them to your own family one day." - The White Girl by Tony Birch.

The White Girl [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written by Tony Birch Published by University of Queensland Press (2019) ISBN: 9780702260384 Literary Award: Miles Franklin Literary Award Nominee for Shortlist (2020) Bought a copy of the book. 

This is the seventeenth book that I am reviewing / featuring as part of our #DecolonizeBookshelves2022 reading theme from my target list of 25 books (for this year) from This Is The Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf In 50 Books (Amazon | Book Depository).

My book log indicates that I started reading the book on October 23 and finished it on November 04.

I won’t repeat what I have already written down in my book journal above. What truly stood out for me most of all though was the absolute and uncomplicated love Odette had shown towards her granddaughter, Sissy, whose white skin, provided them the opportunity – the legitimate ‘appearance’ – to have a different life in a complicated world ruled by White people.

As Odette explained:

I’ll tell you to my own shame. Most of my life I haven’t been able to do anything without your lot having control over me. Myself and all the Aboriginal people around here. We’re so used to being told what to do, where we can and can’t go, all we know is to beg.

This is an unforgettable title.


#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Update: 105 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[#DecolonizeBookshelves2022] The Uncomplicated Love Of A Grandmother in a Complicated World

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