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Plains of Promise

In this brilliant debut novel, Alexis Wright evokes city and outback, deppening our understanding of human ambition and failure, and making the timeless heart and soul of this country pulsate on the page. Black and white cultures collide in a thousand ways as Aboriginal spirituality clashes with the complex brutality of colonisation at St Dominic’s Mission.

With her political awareness raised by work with the city-based Aboriginal coalition, Mary visits the old mission in the northern gulf country, place of her mother’s and grandmother’s suffering. Mary’s return re-ignites community anxieties, and the council of elders again turn to their spirit world.

Audio excerpt for Plains of Promise

Cat no: 3409