One day in 1955 the 'father of New Zealand fiction' finds a young woman on his doorstep. A writer herself, she has recently emerged from a lengthy spell in hospital and is looking for somewhere safe to live and write. Somewhat to his own surprise, not to mention discomfort, he takes her in.
Short-listed for The Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best Book South East Asia and South Pacific 2011.
"A brilliant piece of ventriloquism . . . about the power of the imagination and the courage of gifted writers, but also--and much more simply--about the decency of ordinary people." --Bill Manhire, poet, "Lifted" "Patrick Evans is a stimulating and iconoclastic writer on our literature; he is also a richly talented playwright and novelist." --Owen Marshall, author, "When Gravity Snaps" "A magnificent reimagining of a signal moment in our cultural history, this is both a novel of surpassing tenderness and a primer on creative writing. . . . This is a rare and transforming reading experience." --Kate de Goldi, author, "The 10PM Question"
Patrick Evans is the author of two previous novels (Being Eaten Alive and Making It) and a number of plays. His other books include The Penguin History of New Zealand Literature (1990), The Long Forgetting: Postcolonial Literary Culture in New Zealand (2007), An Inward Sun: The Novels of Janet Frame (1971) and Janet Frame (1977). He lives in Christchurch and has taught New Zealand literature at the University of Canterbury since 1978.