Swallow the Air

by

Tara June Winch

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Water

Water and bodies of water are present at many important parts of the novel, reminding May of her important but tenuous connection to her Aboriginal identity. During her childhood, she and Billy play constantly in…

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Housing Projects

Much of the novel takes place in impoverished housing projects or “council estates”—apartment complexes that are funded and controlled in the government. May lives in a project whose name, Paradise Parade, seems blatantly ironic given…

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