The waves in Far Rockaway are a disgrace and Shane Dekker - a dropout surfer from a dreary Melbourne suburb - would rather spend winter anywhere but New York. He's never heard of the Sydney actor Cheyne Burdekin who has arrived in the Big Apple wanting to make it big. As for Finley Rule, she works in the only surf shop in Manhattan, lives with her bull-mastiff Blossom, and wants to be left alone. But when a lesbian chef, a lycra-clad stunt girl, a lonely trend analyst, an indie starlet and a weedy hacker start interfering in the lives of these three, anything could happen.
Two Shanes makes falling in love seem like double the trouble.
There was no surf on Manhattan, this was a known fact. There wasn't even one of those indoor swimming pools which produced artificial two-foot waves every thirty minutes for kids with boogie boards. Finley did know of a Japanese restaurant that sent little boats of sushi bobbing around the perimeter of the room on the swell from a bonsai-sized tsunami. But that was about it. Even the most desperate surfer couldn't find a wave on the East River. Unless he made them in his bathtub.
So why was Wipeout doing so well? A surfwear shop on an obscure Tribeca street, in a neighborhood famous for obscene rents and restaurants where movie stars supped? It couldn't just be the Christmas rush.
"Genuinely funny...a good-hearted romp."
"Tulloch has always shared Armistead Maupin's skill for writing quirky characters."
- Sydney Morning Herald.
"This is a Manhattan cocktail made with the merest hint of Martin Amis strained over early Jay McInerney; stirred with Vegemite jokes, Crocodile Dundee stereotypes and a suspicion of Bazza McKenzie."
- Weekend Australian.
"There is plenty of hyperbole, satire and good old sarcasm in Two Shanes. Tulloch has a lot of fun sticking her tongue out at vacuous soapie stars... She is merciless in her treatment of the so-hip-it-hurts New York culture of branding and posturing."
"Australian-born, Manhattan-based Lee Tulloch has written a hip, relaxed third novel, driven by New York's fascination for anything Antipodean. Tulloch has a sharp eye for character and cultural differences."
- Who Weekly.