Mazin Grace

Dylan Coleman, Claire G Coleman

Mazin Grace
Format
Paperback
Publisher
University of Queensland Press
Country
Australia
Published
4 June 2024
Pages
288
ISBN
9780702268557

Mazin Grace

Dylan Coleman, Claire G Coleman

Now included in UQP's First Nations Classics series with an introduction from Claire G Coleman, Mazin' Grace is a moving reimagining of a mother's girlhood, told by her daughter.

Growing up on the Mission isn't easy for clever Grace Oldman. When her classmates tease her for not having a father, she doesn't know what to say. Papa Neddy says her dad is the Lord God in Heaven, but that doesn't help when the Mission kids call her a bastard. As Grace slowly pieces together clues that might lead to answers, she struggles to find a place in a community that rejects her for reasons she doesn't understand.

In Mazin Grace, Dylan Coleman fictionalises her mother's childhood at the Koonibba Lutheran Mission in South Australia in the 1940s and '50s. Woven through the narrative are the powerful, rhythmic sounds of Aboriginal English and Kokatha language, Mazin Grace is the inspirational story of a feisty girl who refuses to be told who she is, determined to uncover the truth for herself.

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