Plane Tree Drive, written by Lynette Washington, is a voyeuristic snippet into the lives of people who live on Plane Tree Drive. Set in Adelaide, with lots of references to spots in Adelaide, Plane Tree Drive is a white middle class street with people of all age groups within it. There is not a central character as such, rather snippets from many different households. I found it difficult to work out who was who and who was connected to who, though there is a reference guide which I returned to frequently,.
Plane Tree Drive covers many topics briefly; euthanasia, separation, affairs, life dreams, grief and death, refugees, poverty and desire.
The chapters jump around a lot and there isn’t much fluency throughout the book, but I liked this chaotic style and the need to keep remembering who was who – it was like a street party trying to recall the story of each neighbour.