Road Story

Road Story

by Julienne Van Loon

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/07/2005

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Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2004.

Diana Kooper runs from a car crash in the heart of Sydney, scarcely looking back, leaving her best friend, Nicole, slumped and bloody in the damaged vehicle.

After hitching a ride to the far west of New South Wales, Diana takes a job as a kitchenhand at Bob's, an isolated truck-stop. At first she thinks she can predict the sort of rhythm her life will follow in this dusty, diesel-driven, lonely stop but soon a series of unsettling events disturb the order of things. A dog is brutally stabbed to death and left as a warning beside one of the petrol bowsers. And when Bob rolls his ute in suspicious circumstances, Diana is left to look after the roadhouse kitchen on her own. As every-day life becomes increasingly challenging, Diana struggles with her past and with the ghosts that haunt her present.

Road Story is a remarkable novel that reveals the tenuousness of love between friends and the dark pervasiveness of addiction.

PRAISE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL LITERARY AWARD JUDGES

'Compelling. the truckers, their habits, their rigs and their nonchalant ferocity come at you. She opens a window into the grit and diesel fumes of road-centred lives.' - Stella Clare

'A very genuine voice with a strong sense of authenticity and a rising sense of menace.' - Liam Davison

'Raw, direct and passionate, the assurance of van Loon's novel should distract no-one from the integrity and the intelligence which give weight to it.' - James Bradley
ISBN:
9781741146219
9781741146219
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-07-2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
168
Dimensions (mm):
195x130x13mm
Weight:
0.17kg

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