Oyster by Janette Turner Hospital
Two strangers reach an opal mining town in outback Queensland, searching for a stepdaughter and a son who have mysteriously disappeared.
There is a heavy, guilty feel to the hot, parched-dry town where the drinkers on the pub verandah wait to take stock of the foreigners before returning to the sheep stations or to the stake-outs in the opal fields.
This is Outer Maroo. population 87. Here two opposing cultures - the rough-diamond, boozing bushies and the teetotaller, church-going fundamentalists - used to co-exist peaceably. Until the arrival of the cult messiah Oyster.
A stunning novel from one of the most powerful and innovative writers in English today.
Paperback | 434 pages
03 Oct 1997
Random House Australia
Milsons Point, Australia
A vintage book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including very minor scuff marks along the edges, and creasing running down the left side of the cover, parallel to the spine, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with very minimal creasing (a very minor crease on the bottom of the first page, no other creasing in the book) but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.