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  • Published: 4 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742288796
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 276
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Mother's Day




A heart-warming new novel by the author of Edwin and Matilda, runner-up for the Montana Award in 2008.

Life is tough for 40-year-old solo mother Maggie, a home help caregiver.  Her three children are all giving her a hard time, especially Bevan, who's in trouble with the police.  But when she's assigned a musician in a wheelchair to care for, something new enters her life. Maggie's a singer, Tim a fine guitarist.  They'll make music together, but tragedy is just around the corner.  Then it's Mother's Day, and Maggie and her family gather . . .
This touching new novel from Laurence Fearnley contains many gems of warmth, affection, love and hope. It confirms her position as one of New Zealand's finest writers.

'It is Fearnley's prose that woos you, precise in its observations and judicious in its use of dialogue.  It's the kind of writing you don't really notice, which makes it rare, and such a pleasure.'
Margot White, Next

  • Pub date: 4 May 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742288796
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 276

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 and was shortlisted for the international 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain writing. Her 2014 novel Reach was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Edwin and Matilda was runner-up in the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and her second novel, Room, was shortlisted for the 2001 Montana Book Awards. In 2017 she was the joint winner of the Landfall essay competition and in 2016 she won the NZSA/ Janet Frame Memorial Award. In 2004 Fearnley was awarded the Artists to Antarctica Fellowship and in 2007 the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. In 2019 she was awarded the Arts Foundation Laureate for literature. Laurence Fearnley lives in Dunedin with her husband and son.

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