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Rain free pdf Shonagh Koea exhibits her wonderful ability to combine the wry with the poignant in this finely observed short story. When asked which was her daughter, Alyssum's mother always used to say, 'The ugly one.' Alyssum has since made a life for herself, away from her old home. But her mother is now in hospital, suffering from dementia. Can Alyssum reach through the pain of the past or will her mother have the last word? Funny, touching, painful, this is quintessential Koea territory.

About Shonagh Koea

Shonagh Koea's notable writing career met with early success in a Woman's Weekly writing contest, in which (aged eight) she won two guineas. She went on to become a journalist and to win the Air New Zealand Short Story Award (1981), and more recently to write a number of short story collections as well as many novels and a memoir (2007). North and South commented that 'Shonagh Koea has a command of prose, an originality of expression, a sophisticated wit and a richness of imagery, which makes her writing a delight.' Of the novels, Sing to Me, Dreamer was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards (1995), and The Lonely Margins of the Sea was runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction (1999). She has held the University of Auckland Fellowship in Literature (1993) and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship (1997). Koea's territory is 'the contrast between domestic misery and various forms of withdrawal or escape' (The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature), and she has been described 'as addictive as nicotine or coffee - with, perhaps, major withdrawal symptoms' (Nelson Evening Mail). Poet Alistair Paterson said of Staying Home and Being Rotten, 'This is not merely a good book, but a work of brilliance. It establishes Shonagh Koea as a leading New Zealand novelist and a writer of international significance.' The Kindness of Strangers: Kitchen Memoirs is a collection of Koea's memories from her various roles as daughter, wife, mother, journalist and novelist, and as such serves as a social history of New Zealand of the past 50 years. Reviewing it in The New Zealand Listener, Graeme Lay called it 'a truly delectable read'. The New Zealand Herald wrote: 'the ingredients in Shonagh Koea's writing - among them a delicate yet incisive wit, keen perception, irony, and an abundance of sensuous imagery - are good enough to stand alone. Still, the 25 plain and tasty very mid-century New Zealand recipes are skilfully interwoven with the episodic memories they give rise to, and slowly build up a fascinating portrait.'

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Author : Shonagh Koea
Publisher : Random House New Zealand Ltd
Data Published : 03 May 2013
ISBN : 1775534359
EAN : 9781775534358
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 25 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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