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Janette Turner Hospital has been called by the Times Literary Supplement "one of the most powerful and innovative writers in English today." Oyster has received critical acclaim internationally, and was short-listed for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and the National Book Award in Australia.
Outer Maroo, a small, opal mining town in the Australian outback, is stewing in heat, drought, and guilty anxiety. Some ghastly cataclysm has occurred on the opal fields, but this is a taboo subject. At the heart of the mystery is the cult messiah, Oyster, dressed in white, sexually compelling, and preaching the end of time.
"Echoes of Waco, Heaven's Gate, and Jonestown combine with intimations of apocalypse in a stunningly evocative story. . . . A deep and harrowing journey through a desolate land into the recesses of the soul and then back into the light, all recorded in luminous prose.
" Both a rare story and an accomplished piece of writing.
" 400 pages - 5" x 8" - (6/99)
--New York Times Book Review
ZC9369 Oyster $14.95