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A road trip with unlikely companions, a girl with a unique way of seeing the world, a great loss and a struggle of identity; Metal Fish, Falling Snow is an Own Voices YA debut that packs a punch.

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Cath Moore is of Irish/Afro-Caribbean heritage. She was born in Guyana, raised in Australia and has lived in Scotland and Belgium. She now lives in Melbourne. Cath is an award-winning screenwriter, a teacher and a filmmaker. Metal Fish, Falling Snow is her first novel.

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'A breathtaking debut with such an assured, original voice-one page and I was all in. I wanted to remember every line but it felt like trying to catch handfuls of stars-in the end every piece fell into place so beautifully and I sat there in gobsmacked silence...you know the feeling that hits after you've read an extraordinary book? Metal Fish, Falling Snow is one of the most moving books I've read in ages and I'll be thinking about it for a long time.' * Vikki Wakefield *
'Astonishingly original, heartfelt and funny.' * Books+Publishing *
'This wonderful Australian debut paints a whirling, raging, intense portrait of a teen who experiences the world in ways that she struggles to communicate to others. The reader is taken deep into Dylan's mind and heart and senses, in ways that are sometimes deeply humorous, and at other times deeply painful. Layers of ideas about race, identity, grief and family run through this book, but the focus never wavers from Dylan's funny and profound voice. This is a really moving, original and thought-provoking novel.' * Leanne Hall *
'This wonderful Australian debut paints a whirling, raging, intense portrait of a teen who experiences the world in ways that she struggles to communicate to others. The reader is taken deep into Dylan's mind and heart and senses, in ways that are sometimes deeply humorous, and at other times deeply painful. Layers of ideas about race, identity, grief and family run through this book, but the focus never wavers from Dylan's funny and profound voice. This is a really moving, original and thought-provoking novel.' * Readings *
'[Cath Moore] brings a wealth of deep thinking on race to this beautiful and tender novel, exploring themes of familial legacies, finding a place to belong, grief, and what it means to be an Australian of mixed heritage.' * Kill Your Darlings *
'My favourite Australian book so far this year. It's one of those books that's beautifully multilayered and can be read by teens (I would recommend it for ages 14 and up), but adults will also love it. Dylan's Mum has passed away, in an accident she thinks was her fault, and now her Mum's rough gambler boyfriend Pat is driving her across rural Australia to deliver her to the Guyanese blood family she has never known, and a Blackness that terrifies her. And everywhere she goes, water is calling her. This is a debut, but it reads like a third or fourth novel: the writing is beautifully lyrical, and every character is like an absolute Masterclass in characterisation.' * Maxine Beneba Clarke *
'Refreshingly original' * ABC Nightlife *
'A brilliant debut...the novel stares back at the White gaze and demands that it set aside its entitlement and its self-imposed authority...Metal Fish, Falling Snow carries the pain of loss, the nuances of race and the longing for family, and interprets the world anew with immense literary skill and just a little bit of magic.' * Saturday Paper *
'A remarkable creation...Metal Fish, Falling Snow is a young adult novel...but given the timeliness of its themes and the beauty of its prose, it would be a shame for adult readers to miss out.' * West Australian *
'This is a beautiful and touching story about grief and identity for a girl who has a unique-and magical-view of the world.' * Herald Sun *
'A sometimes funny, often profound story that will reward the effort of reading Dylan's own voice narrative.' * ReadPlus *
'Guyanese-Australian writer Cath Moore's debut novel, Metal Fish, Falling Snow (Text), is a lyrical and moving road trip across regional Australia with a fascinating young protagonist.' * Maxine Beneba Clarke, Age *
'Full of spark and humour, and each page is imbued with striking and unforgettable imagery...This is a novel for both young and old; a brilliant and heartfelt work of Australian fiction.' * Stella Prize Judges' Report *

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