Selected as a non-fiction “best of the month” in July by Kobo
“I know there are other people out there, just like me. People who think they are alone in life and that their cards have been dealt … But now I know there’s always time for change and there’s always a better path. You just have to look for it.” – Jimmy Barnes, Working Class Boy
Pretty Girls is a visceral narrative of violence, personal tragedy and female resilience set against the backdrop of one of Australia’s most politically charged communities, Redfern, where sinister racial tensions underpin everything.
Evie is a woman in her mid-thirties who returns to her hometown to meet with her dying father. In coming back to the place where she grew up she has to revisit her history of violence – the death of her mother, the suicide of her brother and the domestic violence that occurred in her home. Her father only has a short time to live – she expects to find him a changed man. But he’s not. He’s unrepentant and unapologetic for his actions.
Evie has to reclaim her story – she’s not just a pretty girl, she won’t just sit down, be quiet, stay still – but getting there is more than tough, more than an ordeal – it’s a mammoth display of tenacity and strength.
Pretty Girls is ultimately a story of triumph. Evie rises from the ashes of a hellish past and re-writes her story.
There is a part of Evie in every woman and Pretty Girls seeks to start a movement.
#iamevie aims to spearhead an empowered future for women across the world.