The Town, Shaun Prescott

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The Town, Shaun Prescott

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COMMUNITY RADIO HOST CIARA RECEIVES DOZENS OF UNMARKED CASSETTE RECORDINGS EVERY WEEK AND BROADCASTS THEM TO A LISTENERSHIP OF NONE. EX-MUSICIAN TOM DRIVES AN IMPRACTICAL BUS THAT NO ONE EVER BOARDS. PUBLICAN JENNY RUNS A HOTEL THAT HAS NO PATRONS. RICK WANDERS THE AISLES OF THE WOOLWORTHS EVERY DAY IN AN ATTEMPT TO BLUNT THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF ADULTHOOD.

 

In a town of innumerable petrol stations, labyrinthine cul-de-sac streets, two competing shopping plazas, and ubiquitous drive-thru franchises, where are the townsfolk likely to find the truth about their collective past – and can they do so before the town disappears?

Shaun Prescott’s debut novel The Town follows an unnamed narrator’s efforts to complete a book about disappeared towns in the Central West of New South Wales. Set in a yet-to-disappear town in the region—a town believed by its inhabitants to have no history at all—the novel traces its characters’ attempts to carve their own identities in a place that is both unyielding and teetering on the edge of oblivion.

For admirers of Gerald Murnane, Wayne Macauley, Robert Walser, and Thomas Bernhard, this novel speaks to who we are as people, and as a country, whether we like what it says or not.

 

 

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