Road Story (Google eBook)
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, lonely 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.
Road Story is a remarkable novel that reveals the tenuousness of love between friends and the dark pervasiveness of addiction.
PRAISE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL LITERARY AWARD JUDGES
'Compelling... the truckers, their habits, their rigs and their nonchalant ferocity come at you. She opens a window into the grit and diesel fumes of road-centred lives.' - Stella Clare
'A very genuine voice with a strong sense of authenticity and a rising sense of menace.' - Liam Davison
'Raw, direct and passionate, the assurance of van Loon's novel should distract no-one from the integrity and the intelligence which give weight to it.' - James Bradley
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Review: Road StoryUser Review - Lara-s111 - Goodreads
I loved this book. It was so different to most books I read. Xx Read full review
Review: Road StoryUser Review - Debs - Goodreads
This was a gift from Chelle. It's the dusty, back roads tale of a young woman struggling with her past as she tries to make a life for herself at a truck stop in the Australian outback. I love the feel of this one. Read full review
espace@Curtin - Road Story
Road Story. Van Loon, Julienne (2005), Road Story, Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia. Access the full text of this eprint, or information about ...
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'Road Story' by Julienne Van Loon | The Monthly
From the frenetic damp of a city night, Road Story finds its rhythms in dry heat, big skies, diesel engines and the spatter of the deep fryer. ...
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Miriam Sved TEXT Vol 10 No 2
Julienne Van Loon's Road Story is probably the best known of the five books ... Diana Kooper is the nineteen-year-old protagonist of Road Story - on the run ...
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The Australian/Vogel Award
"Swimming without Water", Alice Nelson; "Wagga Wagga", Mat Schulz; "Libellula", Gabriella Sterio; "Donkey Drop", Stephen Taruli; "Road Story", Julienne...
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Van Loon’s manuscript, Road Story, the story of a girl on the run in an ... I first started Road Story in 1994. I wrote about 8000 words after a road trip ...
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booklit » Van Loon, Julienne
Road Story by Julienne Van Loon is not a novel I would have ever picked up by free choice. I’d never even heard of it when it was given to me. ...
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2007 May « SLWA Blog
Book Review: Road Story by Julienne Van Loon. Posted by Nathan Hobby under WA books and writers ... Road Story is a short novel in the dirty realism mode. ...
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Dark heart of outback | The Australian
Julianne van Loon explored the cavernous outback emptiness in her 2005 The Australian/ Vogel prize-winning Road Story: for her central character, ...
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Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - 2005 Shortlist
Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living - Carrie TIFFANY (Picador). Road Story · Road Story - Julienne VAN LOON (Allen & Unwin) ...