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While Morris Goldberg waits in the night for news of his daughter, Rachel, missing in the bush, he remembers his life and marriage to Sadie.
Paperback, 305 pages
Published 2012 by Victoria University Press
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Selena Peacock
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I entered this book expecting a more adventurous read, not saying I didn't enjoy it but I thought it lacked something. The main character is a man you almost feel sorry for by the end, hoping he would break free from his inner thoughts to truly connect with his family. I did enjoy its quirkiness and acknowledgement of how your past can impact the type of person you become. And damn did I feel bad for his wife. ...more
Catherine Robertson
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. Not often you find real laugh-out-loud humour in a literary novel, but this has it. It also has beautifully, unflinchingly observed characters, and a suspenseful storyline - you desperately want to flip through the pages but not to linger over every sentence would do injustice to the quality of the writing. Brilliant.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this down.
Very poignant, reflecting on the many ways that our childhoods influence and shape us and the differences that crop up between family members.
A bonus for me was the familiar setting - Wellington and the Tararuas.
Yvonne Dongen
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warm and funny. Slightly disconcerting since you think it's going to be a thriller but most of the book is set in the past. An old man reminisicing, making sense of his marriage and the loss of his wife. ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Morris is an isolated father whose wife has died and daughter is lost in the bush.

Great description of a man who cannot understand the point of interactions with others, and is analytic.

Reminded me of the shape of BB&W - good narrative with flashbacks to help create the back story.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Rather sad. We do not always realise the effects childhood events have on future lives.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was going somewhere that it didn't go, and for that I'm very pleased. The main character was tricky to warm to. ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really thoughtful first novel.
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Was very well written. the author creates tension and unease with humour and insight. Plus nice to have some local interest too.
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