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Highways and Dancehalls

(1995)
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This is a startling novel - as much for the power and beauty of the writing as for its vivid, searing tale of life on the road as a stripper in Canada.

Sarah is the product of a university family that blew angrily apart and the survivor of a childhood disease that meant lonely years spent in the grip of an insensitive medical establishment. Now, scarred in more ways than one, she is a seventeen-year-old high school dropout trying to make a living in the recession. Prospects are dim, and soon she is "Tabitha," heading out on the circuit of motels and strip-bars through the mining towns and suburbs of a seemingly bucolic West Coast.

On-stage, dressed in elaborate costumes, she offers a vision of a sex and beauty. Off-stage, she tries to befriend the bikers and strippers and populate her life on the road, but friendships are fleeting when home is a Greyhound bus or a room behind a neon sign on the highway.

Diana Atkinson paints a poignant, darkly humorous portrait of the reality behind voyeurism and desire. Delving into the shadowy moments of sex and survival, her work flashes with loss and beauty and a true empathy for those who live on the margins.

    

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Hardback Editions

April 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Highways and Dancehalls: A Novel
Author(s): Diana Atkinson
ISBN: 0-312-15139-X / 978-0-312-15139-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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April 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Highways and Dancehalls
Author(s): Diana Atkinson
ISBN: 0-394-28062-8 / 978-0-394-28062-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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Paperback Editions

April 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Highways and Dancehalls
Author(s): Diana Atkinson
ISBN: 0-394-28162-4 / 978-0-394-28162-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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