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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 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.
This novel won The Australian/Vogel Award in 2004 and was shortlisted for the WA Premiers Book Awards for Fiction (2005) and for the Best First Book category of the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia and Pacific Region 2006).
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