2021 - Shortlisted
Metal Fish, Falling Snow is a lyrical and moving novel that tells the story of Dylan, who blames herself for her mother’s accidental death. The event precipitates a journey across the outback with her mother’s grieving boyfriend, Pat, to meet Dylan’s Guyanese-born father’s family. Using rhythmic prose with elements of magic realism that befit Dylan’s unique view of the world, Moore effectively depicts not just the physical journey but her protagonist’s journey towards self-acceptance.
Dylan is an endearing and engaging narrator, and Moore successfully portrays the tragedy and emotional uncertainty of her predicament. The tender relationship between Dylan and Pat is a particular strength, as is the way Moore deals with the themes of class, race and identity in this nuanced and original story.