17th out of 124 books — 25 voters
by Julienne van Loon (Goodreads Author)
This remarkable novel reveals the strong bond of love between friends and the dark pervasiveness of addiction. As Diana Kooper runs from a car crash, scarcely looking back, she leaves her best friend, Nicole, slumped and bloody in the damaged vehicle. After hitching a ride to a remote community, Diana takes a job as a kitchen hand at Bob's, an isolated truck stop. At first...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Allen & Unwin
(first published July 1st 2005)
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I was slightly disappointed by this novel. I know it’s won a literary award but I was left hanging at the end with so many questions, it was like there was a rush to finish the book, it just finishes with little explanation. There is a build up throughout the story then nothing. I would recommend reading this book because it is a good story and I was captivated by it but I really thought the author could have done more with the ending.
Julienne’s first novel 'Road Story' won The Australian/Vogel Award in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book Award (Asia Pacific Region) and the West Australian Premier's Book Award for fiction. In 2008, she published her second novel, 'Beneath the Bloodwood Tree'. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Monthly and Griffith Review. Julienne's third n...moreMore about Julienne van Loon...