Author(s): Sally Morgan
Recounting experiences from travels back to her grandmother's birthplace, this classic of Australian literature documents what started out as a tentative search for information about the author's family--and turned into an overwhelming emotional and spiritual pilgrimage. Unearthing political and societal issues contained within Australia's indigenous culture, this moving account of a search for truth--into which a whole family is gradually drawn--results in the freeing of tongues of the author's mother and grandmother, finally allowing them to tell their own stories.
Sally Morgan was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1951. She is a full-time painter and writer. For as long as she can remember Sally wanted to paint and write. However, at school she was discouraged from expressing herself through her art because her teachers failed to see the promise in her individual style. It was not until she researched her family history and discovered her Aboriginal identity that she found meaning in her images, and gained the confidence to pick up her paints again. Both her books and her paintings and screenprints have earned awards and wide-spread popularity.