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The Desert Knows Her Name

Lia Hills

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Affirm Press
01 June 2024
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Listen deeply now, if you remember how and why.

On a hot October afternoon, a girl walks barefoot out of the Wimmera desert, near the small town of Gatyekarr.

She finds sanctuary with Beth, a regenerative farmer and collector of seeds, devoted to bringing her family's farm back to life. The arrival of the mysterious 'desert girl' unsettles the community and old tensions erupt. The longer the girl stays silent, the more volatile the town becomes. Who is she and what does her presence mean?

The Desert Knows Her Name is an exquisite novel that speaks to a deep longing for connection with the land, and the silences that persist in contemporary Australia.
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   416g
ISBN:   9781922992949
ISBN 10:   1922992941
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lia Hills is an award-winning writer and translator. Her novelThe Crying Placewas longlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Lia completed The Desert Knows Her Nameas part of her PhD candidature at Deakin University. The novel explores truth-telling, the erasure and re-emergence of voices - both human and nonhuman - and the legacies of frontier violence. Born in Aotearoa New Zealand, Lia lives with her family on Wurundjeri Country, in the foothills of Corhanwarrabul. She enjoys walking, learning languages and travel.

Reviews for The Desert Knows Her Name

'Beautiful and tender. The characters live and breathe this incredible landscape. And Hill's sentences sing with deep knowledge and respect.' Inga Simpson, author of Willowman

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