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Author   MOIR Tanya  ISBN   9781775532019  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Vintage New Zealand  Group   Fiction View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   NZ Fiction  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2013 
Subject   Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) 
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Synopsis This rich and darkly humorous novel is about family history and the power and risk of knowledge. 'I want to tell you a story about my mother, although of course it is also mine inherited, along with dangly earlobes and a horror of deep water.' Janine's mother had an obsession: her ancestry. But what she uncovered was a colourful assortment of characters and their penchant for cruelty. When her mother dies, Janine continues the genealogical search. She has bought a run-down house on a tiny island, where she sits and writes up the stories of her forebears, worrying whether the damaging genes have been passed on. Meanwhile the builder, Jake, is erecting a jetty for her, and it is his presence, along with Janine's discovery about her grandfather, that might offer her hope of redemption. Startlingly original and superbly written, Tanya's Moir's rich and surprising new novel takes a darkly humorous look at family history, the power and risk of knowledge, and asks how much we really want to know about our futures and our pasts. Tanya Moir, a novelist, was born in Southland in 1969. She studied with the Hagley Writers' Institute and received the Margaret Mahy Award in 2008. Her first book, the critically acclaimed historical novel La Rochelle's Road, was noted for 'a deeply poetic sensibility that is, at times, quite breathtaking'(Your Weekend). The New Zealand Listener described as it 'that wonder: absorbing historical fiction that replenishes our view of the world then and now', remarking on language that is 'fresh, vivid and authentic'. Moir worked in television in New Zealand, Italy and the UK before settling on Banks Peninsula, where she lived for four years. Work commitments having taken her husband north, she now divides her time between Banks Peninsula and the west coast of Auckland.

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