ABOUT THE BOOK
Seventeen-year-old Jed White lives with his mum and dad behind the Ampol service station in the northern coastal town of Plenty. His girlfriend works in the local fish cannery. When a foreign trawler crashes on the rocks one night, Jed figures from the rolls of stained bedding he finds below deck that the boat must have been carrying a lot of people. This is a story of love and loyalty, prejudice and pride, and a small town divided.
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This quietly powerful novella proves there’s still a lot to add to the asylum-seeker debate. Plenty – both the novella and the town – might be small, but it’s packed full of surprises. Dale’s tone is wry but warm, infused with character and a gently ironic sense of humour.
The Newtown Review of Books
[Plenty] covers a great deal of ground … it would be an excellent school text, not least because of the nuanced way in which it treats the material and the authorial insight …
The Sydney Morning Herald
An authentic voice telling a compelling story for our times. The best coastal-country writing since Peter Temple’s The Broken Shore.