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In this story of male friendship, Fearnley reproduces the cadences and rhythms of rural life and offers insight into a provincial male world seldom explored in recent New Zealand fiction.

In this story of male friendship, Fearnley reproduces the cadences and rhythms of rural life and offers insight into a provincial male world seldom explored in recent New Zealand fiction.

Best friends Warwick and Dean live in rural Southland. Dean, a farmer, is single and lonely - if only he'd admit it to himself. Warwick is caught between his love for a place and his love for Sabine and Ecki, his estranged wife and child now living in Germany. Dean observes Warwick's struggle but has problems of his own: a domineering father he neither loves nor respects, and on-going feelings of guilt and grief for his brother.

Suddenly, Sabine and Ecki return to New Zealand, bringing the past with them to threaten the fragile worlds Warwick and Dean have created for themselves.

Reviews

. . . these people are as real and individual as anyone you know well, and the country and its fauna are given understated, but unalloyed affection. It's one thing to admire the writing and characterisation in Butler's Ringlet, and I certainly do; and another thing to get pulled along by the narrative towards an unpredictable denouement, and I certainly did.

Gordon McLauchlan, NZ Herald

Fearnley is a meticulous and lyrical recorder of the natural landscape.

Margot Schwass, NZ Books

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143203544

    June 26, 2009

    Penguin (NZ Adult)

    240 pages

    RRP $31.00

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    9780143771715

    July 31, 2017

    Penguin eBooks (NZ Adult)

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The Hut Builder
Mother's Day
Degrees of Separation
Edwin and Matilda: An Unlikely Love Story

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