After Before Time
Fiction · HarperColins
After Before Time is a deeply moving collection of linked narratives. In each chapter we are introduced to a new character whose life interweaves in and out of other chapters. We are also taken on the journey of a remote indigenous community as it’s peoples are forcibly removed from their lands for the second time.
“Robbi Neal has captured a truthful, no holes barred and deeply sensitive range of indigenous Australian experience” – Newtown review of Books
This is a very important book. It contains stories of contemporary, “ordinary” Aboriginal people. It describes their lives in all its beauty, dignity, pain and suffering. It reminds us that we still have a long way to go before the first peoples are shown the respect they so richly deserve. I found it deeply moving.
After Before Time is a total heart experience. Be prepared to experience a whole gamut of feelings, as there is no soft-pedalling here. The characters disclose the depth of their anger, sadness, grief and pain, directly and bluntly.
But there is also great love, warmth, and generosity of spirit towards each other and towards those whites who, over the generations, have loved and tried to help them.