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  • Published: 4 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781776953837
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

At The Grand Glacier Hotel




From award-winning novelist Laurence Fearnley comes an intriguing story about recovery, reflection and reconnecting with ourselves and others.

Following a disastrous family holiday, Libby and Curtis make a promise: If they ever visit the West Coast of the South Island again, it will be to stay at the majestic Grand Glacier Hotel.

Twenty years later, Libby is recovering from cancer and the couple finally return to the resort. Except the glacier has retreated, nothing goes to plan, and after a storm separates her from Curtis, Libby finds herself alone in the isolated hotel.

Disappointed, she tentatively begins to explore her surroundings. Could the inaccessible hotel and its curious collection of staff and guests hold the key to Libby reconnecting with the person she once was?

At the Grand Glacier Hotel is award-winning novelist Laurence Fearnley’s third novel responding to the five senses. Drawing on a varied soundscape, this tangible, moving portrait of physical and emotional recovery offers a way forward, one hopeful step at a time.

Praise for the author’s other books:

‘I am such a fan of Laurence’s writing . . . I devoured Winter Time in two sittings, breathlessly, compulsively, saying to myself, this is what fiction can do.’ — PAULA GREEN

‘An experienced and accomplished writer with a command of language . . . Her evocation of the snow country is convincing and compelling.’ — OWEN MARSHALL

‘Fearnley pulls the reader into her story with a deft and inescapable grip that keeps you peering into the plot, arms out in front to keep your place in the narrative, to the last page.’ — SALLY BLUNDELL

  • Published: 4 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781776953837
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Laurence Fearnley

Laurence Fearnley is an award-winning novelist. Her novel The Hut Builder won the fiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards. In 2014 her novel Reach was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, and, in 2008, Edwin and Matilda was runner-up in the fiction category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Her second novel, Room, was shortlisted for the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In 2004 Fearnley was awarded the Artists to Antarctica Fellowship and in 2007 the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. In 2016 she won the NZSA/ Janet Frame Memorial Award and in 2017 she was the joint winner of the Landfall essay competition. She was named a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2019. She lives in Dunedin.

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Praise for At The Grand Glacier Hotel

While I'm new to Fearnley's work, it's clear to see why she has so many accolades to her name...This is New Zealand writing at its best.

Jackie Lee Morrison, Kete Books