Salt River Road
Introducing an exciting new voice in Australian fiction: Molly Schmidt, winner of the 2022 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. Salt River Road is 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.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘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
‘An amazing new talent.’ Brett D’Arcy
‘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
‘Salt River Road is a moving debut that beautifully discusses the many facets of grief while respectfully representing all that Molly learned from her time with local elders. It is a story that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.’ Billie-Jo Whitbread, Albany Advertiser
‘For educators, reading a book like Salt River Road can also provide an insight into the mind of a grieving teen and what might be going on behind what can seem like thoughtless, destructive behaviour.’ Shannon Meyerkort, School News Australia
‘Molly Schmidt is a gifted storyteller; she writes with her heart and soul … [she] pens characters, young and old, all grieving, each in a different place in their personal journey.’ Melissa T., Beauty + Lace
‘The language of grief is exactly right and very affecting. Schmidt does not judge the family who lost their lynchpin, letting their actions speak for themselves.’ Helen Purdie, Magpies Magazine
City of Fremantle Hungerford Award (Winner 2022)