This was a difficult book to write, dealing as it does with grief, violence and terrible injustice. But there is joy and strength in these pages too, rising up through the voices of Catching, Teller and Crow.
The three girls are stronger together than they are apart. So are we, and neither of us could have told this tale alone. We draw on each other’s strengths – Ambelin is good at plot and dialogue; Zeke is the poet. We challenge each other’s storytelling, demanding that we are better writers. That we are more worthy of the story we are trying to tell.
Writing can be a lonely process. A terrifying one too. It can be so difficult to know whether you have told a story in the way it needs and deserves to be told; whether you have done justice to the characters. Especially these characters, because this is the tale of three proud, brave, strong Aboriginal girls. We were conscious when writing of how many false stories have been told about Aboriginal women and girls; of all the lies that denied the power and resilience of generations. We wanted the strength of those generations to flow through the pages like a river. We hope we succeeded.
Catching Teller Crow is in many ways a tale of connections – the links we make with each other, and how family and friends bring us back to ourselves and carry us home. It is written by a brother and sister who are both family and friend to each other. And we are proud to bring this story into the world.
Catching Teller Crow is a totally addictive ghost story, crime story and thriller, told half in prose and half in verse, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.
Catching Teller Crow
A totally addictive ghost story, crime story and thriller, told half in prose and half in verse, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.
Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her - and he's drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what's her connection to the fire that killed a man? What happened to the people who haven't been seen since the fire? As Beth unravels the mystery, she finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another.
Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel interweaves themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family.