15 May 2021

Clare Moleta: dystopian debut novel dives into a world divided by class

From Saturday Morning, 11:35 am on 15 May 2021

The new novel by Clare Moleta has been hailed as a remarkable debut, thrusting readers into a dystopian world consisting of a society divided into two classes - the sheltered and the unsheltered.

Set in a non-existent place that has echoes of the Australian landscape, Unsheltered is told from the point of view of Li - a resilient woman who goes in search of her 8-year-old daughter who goes missing after fire engulfs their camp.

Clare Moleta was raised in Whadjuk Noongar Country in Western Australia. Her fiction has been published in literary journals including Sport and Turbine | Kapohau. She now lives in Wellington, where she was born.

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Photo: supplied / Ebony Lamb