The debut novel by Sam Coley, winner of the 2017 Richell prize for emerging writers. State Highway One follows twins as they come to terms with grief and confront their past while driving State Highway 1, which runs the length of New Zealand.
It’s been years since Alex was in New Zealand, and years since he spent any one-on-one time with his twin sister, Amy. When they lose their parents in a shock accident it seems like the perfect time to reconnect as siblings. To reconnect with this country they call ‘home’.
As they journey the length of State Highway 1, they will scratch at wounds that have never healed – and Alex will be forced to reckon with what coming home really means.
Sam Coley’s two favourite things in the world are taking photos and dancing. Most nights, however, he can be found at his desk with a pen and a legal pad and a bottle of wine. He has called New Zealand, Australia and the UK all home at some point, and probably still would.