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Viewing entries tagged with 'new zealand fiction'

11 Jun 2018

The New Animals by Pip Adam

“All this sweet hope lost. Lost to time, to dust, to heat. Like the dinosaurs’ hopes, like the fish that left the sea, like the fish that stayed in the sea knew they wouldn’t see one another again” – but can hope be regained? Is there somewhere we can start again?

7 Jun 2018

Sodden Downstream by Branavan Gnanalingam

Sita is on a zero-hours cleaning contract and is the only wage earner in her family. Her husband, Thiru, is currently only able to contribute a Work and Income benefit, and her son, Satish, is still at school. So, when her boss demands she turn up for work in Wellington, despite a cyclone, road closures and no public transport, she leaves Naenae and heads South.

29 May 2018

All This by Chance by Vincent O'Sullivan

All this by chance is a beautiful, beautiful book about memory and identity. One of the characters muses at one point on how much of us is us, and how much is made up from the photos and paintings and books we surround ourselves with: “The before people” - “No one ever quite works out the mix”.

21 May 2018

Alignment by Tracy Chollet

Isabeau Martin is a lonely, insecure woman whose life has been shaped by a deserting father and chronically depressed mother. She is asthmatic and grew up with the standing stones of Carnac as her only friends, avoiding other children, and sharing her thoughts with a massive menhir called the Manio giant. After her father left, her mother took Isabeau away from Carnac. At the start of this novel she has returned after her mother’s death and taken up the post of the Carnac Deputy Postmaster. She is still shy, reclusive and asthmatic, and hoping to discover what happened to her father.

16 Apr 2018

Baby by Annaleese Jochems

Cynthia, 21 but looks younger, thinks her dreams have come true when she takes off with her dog, her beautiful yoga instructor and her Dad’s money. She buys a boat called Baby to live on off shore from beautiful Paihia, and cuts all ties with her friends and relations – what could go wrong?

10 Apr 2018

The Stakes by Ben Sanders

“And it’s like: you know on kind of a formal level that there’s laws, but then when you’re actually on the street and see it through their eyes, you realise it’s just dog-eat-dog, same as everything else” – even the cops don’t have a clear line on right and wrong in Ben Sanders’ latest novel, The stakes, and most of his characters are conflicted, confused and making their moves “So you feel the strange weight of the strange moment”.

19 Mar 2018

The Cage by Lloyd Jones

Two strangers arrive at a hotel in an unnamed and unplaced town. They need help, but before providing help, the townsfolk want to know who they are and what has happened to them. If the strangers can’t provide that information what are the townsfolk to do?