Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Catching Teller Crow is a story told through two unique voices, both belonging to young Aboriginal women. Beth Teller has died in a tragic accident but she stays with her father, who is aware of her presence. They can communicate, and, unable to leave him alone with his grief, she accompanies him as he goes about his work as a detective in a small town. Together they investigate a series of dark mysteries that have emerged after an incident of arson and a suspicious death at a children’s home.
They meet Isobel Catching, and the astonishing story that Isobel tells, in a series of vivid, rhythmic verse-style chapters, may hold the key to the crimes.
The first joint novel from sibling-author team Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina is an intense, addictive book. It is at once sparse and swift; it comes in under 200 pages long, yet is extraordinarily rich with thematic detail and emotion.
Shocking and heartbreaking truths come to light, and as the book progresses it deftly examines racism, violence, terrible historic injustices and corruption within the police force. This is a book that shows trauma and survival. Stories are vital, and Catching Teller Crow highlights and champions the transformative and nourishing powers of storytelling. It’s a completely gripping book and while highly recommended for young adults, it also deserves a wider readership.