Author(s): Carrie Tiffany
A dangerous man moves in with a mother and her two adolescent children. The man runs an unlicensed mechanic's workshop at the back of their property. The girl resists the man with silence, and finally with sabotage. She fights him at the place where she believes his heart lives - in the engine of the car. Set at the close of the 1970s and traversing thousands of kilometres of inland roads, Exploded View is a revelatory interrogation of Australian girlhood. Must a girl always be a part - how can she become a whole?
Exploded View, the follow-up to the Stella Prize-winning Mateship with Birds, is brilliant, unique and disturbing in equal measures. A story of a family in crisis, Tiffany's terse prose conveys the urgency with which the unnamed narrator lives her life. Trapped , literally and figuratively, on the outskirts of suburbia, the novel's epic road journey and shattering conclusion will leave you thinking long afterwards. Recommended for fans of Australian fiction such as The Choke and Islands. Gavin