A Curious Intimacy

In the 1870s two remarkable women meet in a remote country town in Western Australia. Ingrid is hundreds of miles from home, trying to distance herself from a broken heart after her lover was forced to marry. Ellyn is a young woman living in stark isolation and driven close to madness by the death of her baby daughter.  Ellyn's husband is away indefinitely, and she's had no word from him. When the two women meet, they forge a bond that grows ever deeper. But can their intimacy find acceptance in their conventional world?

A Curious Intimacy won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award in 2008.  It was also shortlisted for the Dobbie and Western Australia Premier’s awards, and longlisted for the international IMPAC award. A mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors also assisted Jessica with writing this novel. 

"What does set the book apart from your average romance novel ... is the crisp precision of White's language, especially her pinpoint descriptions of the flora."

Dianne Stubbings, Canberra Times


Eight years after the mysterious disappearance of her much-loved brother Eliot, Cate McConville finally returns to her family farm – only to discover that her ageing parents want to sell up and sever her only remaining link to him. 

Torn between her childhood memories and the present, Cate reconnects with an Indigenous employee of her father's, Mellor, who becomes crucial to the resolution of her dilemma.

Entitlement is a compelling story about loss, the heart, and the meaning of home for Indigenous and white Australians.

“White ventriloquises 19th-century English with precocious sureness and, at its best, her descriptive prose is rhythmic, vivid, sensuous.”

Matt Buchanan and Jenny Tabakov, Sydney Morning Herald

A Curious Intimacy is available as an ebook from ReadCloud, Google Play and Amazon.

Entitlement is available from all good bookstores, such as Avid Reader, Black Cat Books, Mary Ryan’s, Riverbend, Gleebooks, Better Read than Dead, Berkelouw Books and Readings.

It is also available as an ebook at ReadCloud, Google Play, Kobo and Amazon.

“White achieves a sensitive and nuanced story, granting non-indigenous readers access to some of the complex issues surrounding the loss of identity and home that, unfortunately, is an overly familiar experience for Indigenous Australians.”

Natasha Molt, Canberra Times