FINALLY!!! Between Us!
5th September 2017
Well, it’s only taken three years! I write that semi-jokingly, knowing that whilst some books are faster to write, others take far longer. To me, it has felt like forever since Nona came out. Nevertheless, the new book is finally here. It’s called Between Us and here is the blurb:
From the award-winning author of Nona & Me comes a stunning new novel about two teenagers separated by cultural differences, their parents’ expectations and twenty kilometres of barbed-wire fence.
Anahita is passionate, curious and determined. She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school. On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a ‘regular Australian girl’.
Jono needs the distraction of an infatuation. In the past year his mum has walked out, he’s been dumped and his sister has moved away. Lost and depressed, Jono feels as if he’s been left behind with his Vietnamese single father, Kenny.
Kenny is struggling to work out the rules in his new job; he recently started work as a guard at the Wickham Point Detention Centre. He tells Anahita to look out for Jono at school, but quickly comes to regret this, spiraling into suspicion and mistrust. Who is this girl, really? What is her story? Is she a genuine refugee or a queue jumper? As Jono and Anahita grow closer, Kenny starts snooping behind the scenes…
And here’s the beautiful cover, inspired by Darwin’s stunning skies and wet season storms…
In writing this novel I did a hell of a lot of research and also worked with a brilliant Iranian artist and writer as my cultural consultant – a big thanks to Shokufeh Kavani for sharing her knowledge and life experiences. And another huge thanks to Natasha Blucher, refugee advocate extraordinaire, who answered my endless questions tirelessly over the last three years! And there are many more thankyous, but I won’t list them all here – I’ll save them for the back of the book!
Between Us comes out February 2018, and is published by Black Inc…stay tuned for more updates!