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Everything We Hoped For

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An unusually strong first book, this collection of short stories depends on exquisitely crafted surfaces that conceal shocking emotional force. Three of the stories are obliquely connected and feature young women on the edge. In the first of these, a new mother contemplates her new baby; in the second, a girl finds herself in rehab; and in the final story, the main ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Victoria University Press (first published 2010)
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Blair
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Hugely impressive stories for a debut collection, showing a great range of styles, with humour and pathos.
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Quite a dark book. Very direct and Interesting style.
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Mar 10, 2011 Emma Makes rated it liked it
Although a good and enjoyable read and variously raved about and described as 'bleak' and 'brilliant' I felt like an observer reading this book - I never quite made the emotional connection.

I think the third person narrative in each short story had a lot to do with it and although I loved the first few stories, at times I felt a little 'he said she said.'

Maybe the emotional intensity of the last few weeks - Chch earthquake, death, destruction and what not - has made me into a robot but I didn't
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Jan 23, 2013 Helen Heath rated it it was amazing
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Her writing has been aptly described by Helen Lehndorf as:
‘a kind of post-post modern fiction - nothing meta, no irony, no narrative arc, no insights or character transformations - the stories are flatline and searing and real’.
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These stories are wonderful: crisp, smart, accessible, funny, dark - everything you'd hope for
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PIP ADAM gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2007. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Lumiere Reader, Hue & Cry, Landfall and Blackmail Press. Her work has also appeared in publications produced in conjunction with two exhibitions at the Wellington City Art Gallery and her reviews have appeared in Metro. She is currently working toward ...more
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