Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Opal Desert

Di Morrissey's latest book is set in the opal fields of New South Wales around Lightning Ridge including the fictitious community of Opal Lake. Here people, at times running away from problems, hope to change their luck by finding the right opal in small minig communities. Some people pass through while others just stay. The book portrays the community spirit that can exist in small outback communities but there is also a man-made darker side lurking in the background that occasionally surfaces in the striking environment of the desert.

The plot revolves around the lives of three women, Shirley who is approaching 80 and has lived much of her life in the area, Kerrie in who 40s who is looking to find new direction in her life after the death of her husband and twenty year old Anna who needs to decide whether she wants to be a career athlete. The three women become friends and gradually reveal their stories and make decisions that will provide them with positive futures.

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