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Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
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bookshelves: author-australia, culture-australia, woman-author

This is a gutsy book. The story revolves around an Aboriginal family living in a fictional community on the mid north coast of NSW. Kerry is the main character who is fleeing from a string of warrants and of a lover who she abandoned during a botched robbery. She returns to her old home where her grandfather is dying. Her family are proud Aboriginals but there is plenty of domestic violence, anger, alcoholism and other gritty family secrets.
These people live on the edge of the law and rely on their traditions and beliefs to keep the family somehow functioning. Small town Australia means their experiences all revolve around persecution, stigmatism and corrupt officials either stealing their lands or their people.
The story does not hold its punches. The use of Aboriginal expressions and idioms provide further strength to the narrative of a family of hard proud characters who are the survivors of a past of ugly truths.
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Reading Progress

December 12, 2018 – Shelved
December 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: author-australia
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: culture-australia
June 2, 2019 – Shelved as: woman-author
June 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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