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The NZ Herald called this impressive book 'One of the best short story collections written by a New Zealander in years.'

This powerful short story collection by Paula Morris roams the globe and ranges widely in subject matter.

From Sunset Boulevard to the beaches of Auckland, from the Bund in Shanghai to the banks of the Danube, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Hammersmith Flyover, from post-Katrina New Orleans to Fire Island . . . the stories of Forbidden Cities explore places of escape, transgression, ambition, delusions, and desire.


[Her work] slips effortlessly and naturally across time zones and hemispheres, criss-crossing themes of race and culture with a cool, knowing style and claiming an ethnic territory that’s all her own.

Kirsty Gunn

Betrayal, unsatisfactory sex, the unbridgeable distances between people (even – perhaps especially – between members of the same family), these are the themes that tie this impressive collection together … Morris knows what she is doing. She doesn’t waste time explaining. The reader often has to wait till well into the story before learning where it is set, and who the characters are in relation to one another. This is not mystification for its own sake, but rather a consummate craftsperson operating at the top of her game.

Elspeth Sandys, New Zealand Books

One of the best short story collections written by a New Zealander in years … These stories are fresh, engaging, and tinged with all those raw emotions that make for excellent fiction.

New Zealand Herald

Forbidden Cities establishes her as one of those rare writers who can tackle both long and short fiction successfully.

Otago Daily Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 29, 2008


    276 pages

    RRP $30.00

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Also by Paula Morris

Queen of Beauty
False River
New Zealand Girl: Hene and the Burning Harbour
Hibiscus Coast
Trendy But Casual


No Middle Name
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
Paris For One And Other Stories
Men Without Women
Last Stories
The Penguin Book Of Japanese Short Stories
The Boat
The Pier Falls
The Shore
Uncommon Type
The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Homesick For Another World
The Start of Something
Snowdrift and Other Stories (includes three new recently discovered short stories)
The Tsar of Love and Techno
A Snow Garden and Other Stories
Make Something Up
Collected Stories