A sensual, witty novel that cleverly weaves in the stories of three generations of women: Sylvie, her mother Madeleine and grandmother Isobel, focusing most strongly on the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. The narrative shifts between the points of view of each... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Relationships - Fiction, Families - Fiction, New Zealand fiction, Families, New Zealand fiction
||General & Literary Fiction
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A sensual, witty novel that cleverly weaves in the stories of three generations of women: Sylvie, her mother Madeleine and grandmother Isobel, focusing most strongly on the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. The narrative shifts between the points of view of each main character, telling their stories with gentle, deeply observant humour, through their love affairs, food, rivalries, marriages, pets and all the beautiful minutiae of everyday life. Elizabeth draws the threads of each story together subtly and surprisingly to achieve a perfectly resolved ending. Fans of Elizabeth's writing will love this new novel and those new to her writing will discover the delights of her careful, sensual prose. Described as having 'a gift for wry comedy combined with an eye for pinpoint detail', Elizabeth is one of New Zealand's finest writers.
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Elizabeth Smither has published 18 collections of poetry, was poet laureate (2001-2003) and was awarded an HonDLitt by Auckland University and the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry in 2008. She has also published five short story collections, five novels, and journals and memoirs. Her latest poetry collection, Night Horse, won the Ockham NZ Book Award for Poetry in 2018.