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Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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'Heartbreaking, darkly funny and deeply moving, Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea is a fearless account of being a young woman caught between two worlds.

'An old baptismal card falling out of a book changed the course of 28-year-old Marie Munkara's life forever. Until that moment she had no idea of her true origins in Arnhem Land.

'Delivered on the banks of the Mainoru River by her two grandmothers, Marie was fortunate not to have been thrown to the crocodiles, a fate reserved for babies born in her family with light skin. Knowing the child would be taken by the authorities, this matter-of-fact practice was considered much kinder for the babies and their families as it would save all from the heartbreak of separation and an unknown future for the child.

'But her grandmother Nellie had other ideas because she knew this one was 'special'. And so after the unexpected but welcome reprieve, Marie and her mother ended up on the Tiwi Islands before Marie was then taken and placed with a white family to be raised in Adelaide.

'After her chance finding of the baptismal card Marie went looking for her own family, leaving her strict Catholic establishment family aghast. Why dig up the past? But Marie knew without a doubt that she had to follow her heart or forever live to regret it.

'With devastating honesty, humour and courage, the award-winning author of Every Secret Thing shares her extraordinary journey of discovery to find her origins. ' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: Dedicated to my beautiful mum Judy Burmalwanga Munkara.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2016 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 274p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 2 May 2016
      ISBN: 9780857987273, 9780857987280

Works about this Work

Coming to Terms with a Found Heritage Dianne Dempsey , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 30) The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 30)

— Review of Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea Marie Munkara 2016 single work autobiography
Review : Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea Jennifer Somerville , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , May 2016; (p. 62)

— Review of Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea Marie Munkara 2016 single work autobiography
Coming to Terms with a Found Heritage Dianne Dempsey , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 30) The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 May 2016; (p. 30)

— Review of Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea Marie Munkara 2016 single work autobiography
Review : Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea Jennifer Somerville , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , May 2016; (p. 62)

— Review of Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea Marie Munkara 2016 single work autobiography
Last amended 18 Oct 2016 10:25:48
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  • Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
  • Tiwi Islands, Top End, Northern Territory,
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