Utah

A Subtle, Insightful Debut Novel & a Brilliant Atmospheric Rendering of the Utah Desert

Never-Open-Desert Diner3The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson
Published March 22, 2016
Crown Publishing
Source: theReadingRoom Advanced Readers Program ARC
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“Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-travelled road in a remote region of the Utah desert which serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert’s inhabitants, Ben’s visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn’t opened in years. In this unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thrilling, The Never-Open Desert Diner powerfully evokes an unforgettable setting and introduces readers to a cast of characters who will linger long after the last page.” Source: Penguin Random House.

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“Most people associate the desert with what is missing – water and people. They never think of the one thing the desert has more of – light. So much light.”

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