This is Tim Winton at his best. A selection of short stories set in the same stretch of desolate Australian coast line and small town life. Most of the characters migrate from one story to the next so you get the sense that you are a fly on the wall, seeing a side of Australian life not easy to get close to.
It appears to be a seedy town and life, hard.You feel the dust, feel the relentless heat.
This book holds together beautifully and is a very satisfying read. Don't let this put you off if you normally steer clear of short stories. It's the best example of how they can work.
I'd be happy to recommend any of Winton's books, so if you like this one, read them all!