A piercing discussion of racial relationships, this powerful and sensual love story is about Cathy, a young woman from the country who moves away from home and has her beliefs and sense of identity challenged. As she falls for Jay, her friendship with Margie, a wild city girl always up for a good time, is confronted. Lively characters, deep emotion, and humor collide in a tough city in the harsh but beautiful landscape of central Australia. Emotionally charged and intense, this complex and important novel explores the blurred boundaries between black and white, city and country, lover and friend.
She stole a look at the man in the driver's seat. Sometimes, Jay seemed as familiar as her own self. Other times he was as different as another language.Cathy arrives in Alice Springs from cattle country, looking for a new way to live. But new is a serious challenge for a girl who's used to being measured by her actions, not her feelings. Feelings are slippery, like water. Hard to hold onto.Jay is working for the local radio station, far from his own saltwater people, wary of this no-water country. He's searching for something, trying to survive.Margie is a wild city girl, up for a good time, confronted by a world she's never known and a friend she can't always understand.When lives collide at the heart of the country, no one stays unchanged.
's latest work is the novel Love Like Water (Allen & Unwin 2007) set in a desert. Her previous books - five of which have been written in collaboration with Boori Monty Pryor - have won six major literary awards.