Salt River Road

Molly Schmidt

A compelling coming-of-age novel about grief and healing set in a small town in the 1970s. In the aftermath of their mother’s death, the Tetley siblings’ lives are falling apart. Left to fend for themselves as their family farm goes to ruins, Rose sets out to escape the grief and mess of home. When she meets Noongar Elders Patsy and Herbert, she finds herself drawn into a home where she has the chance to discover the strength of community, and to heal a wound her family has carried for a generation.

Salt River Road is a poignant exploration of healing and resilience, small-town racism and the power of human connection.

‘This story retains an innocence and a sense of decency even as it glides through pain, love and complex politics. It’s refreshing, and open.’

- Kim Scott

‘Salt River Road is an impressive and courageous debut and will appeal to those who enjoy the nostalgia of 1970s Australia. It is challenging to read in places, but well worth it.’

- Books+Publishing

‘An amazing new talent.’

- Brett D'Arcy

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Molly Schmidt

Molly Schmidt is a writer and journalist. She won the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award for her debut novel, Salt River Road.

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