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Oyster
Author: Janette Turner Hospital

Product Details:
ISBN: 9780732281878
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
Dims: 199mm x 131mm
Pub Date: 23-02-05
Pub Country: Australia
Condition: NEW

Description:
From the acclaimed author of Due Preparations for the Plague comes a new edition of this powerful Australian story. Stories do insist on being told. Even the stories of hidden lives and towns and opal reefs. By cunning intention and sometimes by discreet bribery (or other dispatch) of government surveyors the opal-mining town Outer Maroo has kept itself off maps. And yet people do stumble into town because the seduction of nowhere is hard to resist. Two strangers reach Outer Maroo searching for a stepdaughter and son who have mysteriously disappeared. There is a heavy guilty feeling to the hot parched-dry town. Mercy Given and Old Jess (everyone calls her Old Silence) watch from Ma and Bill Beresford's store. On the verandah of Bernie's Last Chance the drinkers wait to take stock of the foreigners before they return to their cattle properties or their sheep stations or to their stake-outs in the opal fields. Dukke Prophet crosses the street from The Living Word Gospel Hall. Young Alice Godwin whimpers. Outer Maroo. Population 87. Here two opposing cultures - the rough-diamond boozing fiercely individualistic bush folk and the teetotaller church-going fundamentalists - used to coexist peaceably. Until the arrival of the cult messiah Oyster.

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