The Low Road
By Chris Womersley
(SilverOak, Paperback, 9781402798634, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
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Unflinching, relentless, and powerfully written, The Low Road paints a searing portrait of two desperate men thrown together by chance as they both try to flee their troubled pasts. This savage noir surprises and grips at every turn. Award-winning and critically acclaimed, The Low Road seduces readers with its poetic language and unique and indelible protagonists.
The Low Road, Chris Womersley's debut novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Book in 2008. His second novel, Bereft, won the ABIA for Best Literary Fiction 2011, the Indie Award for Best Fiction 2011, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary award. His fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta New Writing 14, Best Australian Stories 2006, Best Australian Stories 2010, The Monthly, and The Age. In 2007, one of his short stories won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize. Womersley lives and writes in Sydney.
“Womersley's taut, almost monosyllabic prose creates a relentless momentum as it plunges into a black dreamscape with echoes of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Samuel Beckett, Horace McCoy, Georges Simenon and Philip K. Dick... This is writing you often stop to read aloud.”--The Australian
“The Low Road is richly and powerfully written. It is also an almost unbearably intense, tragic, and unrelentingly dark story of addiction, regret, despair, and failed dreams that left this reader mightily impressed.”--Bookseller & Publisher