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Summary

Tourmaline is an isolated Western Australian mining town - a place of heat and dust, as allegorical as it is real.

Out of the desert staggers a young diviner, Michael Random, offering salvation to this parched town. The once comatose community is indeed stirred to life, by hate as much as by love, and its people find salvation in neither water nor gold.

©1963, 2015 Randolph Stow; introduction: Gabrielle Carey (P)2016 Bolinda

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