Movement Magazine

The Never-Open Desert Diner

Thomas Bellflower

Reviews by Gary Roen

There are some strange and wonderful characters that fill the debut novel “The Never-open Desert Diner by James Anderson.  Several of them are John, a preacher who drags around with him a life size cross, preaching the gospel wherever he goes, the Lacey brothers who have a secret that is finally revealed, Ben Jones a truck driver who is just trying to make ends meet and  Walt Butterfield who owns a café that is bizarre.  All are thrown together on the route of Ben Jones in Utah as he goes about his deliveries.  “The Never-open Desert Diner” is a very polished first novel that has a charm that makes readers want to turn the pages and learn more about the characters.


The Never-Open Desert Diner

By James Anderson

Caravel Books

c/o Pleasure Boat Studio

201 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024



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