Book Review: The White Girl by Tony Birch


Title: The White Girl

By: Tony Birch

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 272

Release Date: June 4th, 2019

Publisher: University of Queensland Press

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, determined to enforce the law, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves.

In The White Girl, Miles-Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families.


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An incredibly heart wrenching, but powerful story that needs to be told.

You know, I struggle when I read about terrible things that have happened in the past when it comes to my own country of America, but its a sad reminder to know that these things that cover our history in red, have happened all over the world.

I think the one thing I can take away from this book, is love is universal. Odette loves her granddaughter Sissy. So much so, that she puts her own medical needs on the back burner to make sure Sissy is safe. So many things could have gone wrong. Over and over again I held my breath as the characters in this story teeter on the precipice of those invisible chains many people of color were forced to endure, but they endured.

Tony Birch as put together a powerful tale of perseverance through hardship, and as hard as it was to read, it was beautiful.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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