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With this long-awaited and utterly unique debut novel, Shaun Prescott announces himself as a compelling new voice. The Town is magnetic, revealing the true depth of Australia: the good, the bad, and the captivatingly ugly.
Community radio host Ciara receives dozens of unmarked cassette recordings every week and broadcasts them to a listenership of none. Ex-musician Tom drives an impractical bus that no one ever boards. Publican Jenny runs a hotel that has no patrons. Rick wanders the aisles of the Woolworths every day in an attempt to blunt the disappointment of adulthood.
In a town of innumerable petrol stations, labyrinthine cul-de-sac streets, two competing shopping plazas, and ubiquitous drive-thru franchises, where are these people likely to find the truth about their collective past – and can they do so before the town completely disappears?
Shaun Prescott’s debut novel The Town follows an unnamed narrator’s efforts to complete a book about disappeared towns in the Central West of New South Wales. Set in a yet-to-disappear town in the region a town believed by its inhabitants to have no history at all the novel traces its characters’ attempts to carve their own identities in a place that is both unyielding and teetering on the edge of oblivion.
An incredibly accurate depiction of small-town Australian life, whilst being so real it manages to be so unreal. Just a very well written, clever book. Can read it countless times and still discover new aspects to it.
Unexpected, characters I loved, a must read.
This books was so interesting! Not at all what I expected. Will be excited to see what the author does next-will be very exciting!!!!
Couldn't put it down!
Super engaging and unique read. Was gifted this by a friend who told me it would be right up my alley and she was so right!
an extraordinary work of contemporary literature
this book should go global – it should be read by people everywhere, as it presents an Australia we all secretly know exists, but its subject matter and themes are also truly universal
Compelling - worth a re-read
New and interesting, a book unlike another currently available
Compelling and thoroughly enjoyable
Really riveting musing on Australian culture, highly relevant and really well written. Recommended reading.
10/10 would recommend
ISBN: 9780994606822 ISBN-10: 0994606826 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 264 Published: 1st August 2017 Publisher: The Lifted Brow Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5