Finding wild mercy in the Outback.
One woman's personal memoir after spending time on a remote Australian cattle station.
A thousand square miles, flat but
forested enough to make seeing more
than a few miles impossible.
Stilwater Station, such a definitive name
for such an undefined place. I lived on
Stilwater for a dry season, melded and
became part of it, until I wondered
if I was half salt water too.
Inundated by monsoon floods in the
winter, baked dry in the summer, and
filled with some of the most deadly creatures in the worldStilwater seems an unlikely home for a cattle operation.
But in fact tens of thousands of them
roam for countless miles beyond the station compound, many entirely feral from a long period of neglect.
Twenty-four years old and traveling with nothing more than cowboy boots, a few shirts, and jeans, Rafael de Grenade has been hired to help restore order to this fiercely beautiful corner of northern Australia.
Using helicopters, motorcycles, jeeps, and horsesalong with intuition, muscle, and wita ragged crew of ringers and stockmen come together for a season, in an attempt to wrestle the cattle back from the wild.
Intelligently observed and exquisitely written, Stilwater introduces "one of the strongest and most surprising voices to emerge in some time" (Teresa Jordan).
The Map Market Review Note: The author has decided to disguise the names of people and places associated with her memoir. Unfortunately this detracts somewhat from the authenticity of what is otherwise a good read. The story appears to be set around the Staaten River area and Inkerman station on the Gulf of Carpentaria.