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Dovetail Road/Kershaw, Graha/Paper/1921064498/S052-B1
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Set against the backdrop of a stifling hot Perth summer Dovetail Road is a very modern story about love, loyalty, secrets and betrayal. Through the unlikely relationship of Peter Warner, a disaffected local architect and Liz Tait, secretary to a community action group, and deeply opposed to the housing development that Peter's company is proposing, we experience the complexities of the mature, second-time-around relationship. In parallel to Peter and Liz's tentative steps towards each other, Liz's teenage daughter is drawn into her first relationship.
Luke is a good-looking, good-time boy who represents danger and escape to the impressionable fifteen-year-old Petra. Meanwhile, on the fringes of everything is Peter's son, Alex who is hopelessly in love but ignored by the beautiful Petra. Lyrical, engaging and finely wrought, Dovetail Road is a very honest appraisal of the joys and sorrows of family and love.