When her mother dies, Dylan struggles to find her identity. An outback road-trip with her mum’s grieving boyfriend sees an unlikely bond develop. But it won’t last…
Dylan dreams of sailing across the ocean to France with her mother. Paris, Dylan imagines, is a place where her black skin won’t make her stand out, a place where she might feel she belongs.
When she loses her mother in a freak accident, Dylan finds herself on a very different journey: a road trip across the Australian outback in the care of her mother’s grieving boyfriend, Pat. As they pass through remote towns further and further from the water Dylan longs for, she and Pat form an unlikely bond: a bond that will be broken when Pat leaves Dylan with a family she has never known.
Metal Fish, Falling Snow is about a young girl’s search for an identity as she navigates unthinkable grief. A warm, funny, and original look at families lost and found, this Own Voices novel celebrates the resilience of the human heart and the meaning of home.
"Emotional and raw... debut author Moore uses spare, pointed and poetic language to evoke Dylan’s search for magic in everything, including herself."—Booklist
"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
"Astonishingly original, heartfelt and funny." —Books+Publishing; "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, author of This is How We Change the Ending
"[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
"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