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A bestselling and influential novel, this compulsive story examines women's changing lives.

'One thing she had learnt was that she and Leonie belonged to a breed of women who were indestructible. They were survivors.'

Taking risks is something Harriet seems driven to do as she struggles to retain her identity as a woman in the face of opposing demands from society. Through her adolescence in rural New Zealand, two marriages and a television career, she steadfastly maintains her quest. But, in the end: What has she won? What had she lost?


I found this novel compulsive reading.

Sue McCauley, NZ Listener

Tautly written, often poetic, and dramatic . . . a first-class novel.

Sydney Morning Herald

A brave and personal book.

NZ Herald

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    July 1, 2012

    Random House New Zealand

    295 pages

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