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“A stunning debut novel … Queen of Beauty had me mesmerised from the first words … a masterful work.” - New Zealand Herald

Spanning three generations of a large Pakeha/Maori family in a narrative that skilfully handles interwoven stories and multiple voices, Queen of Beauty explores the fragility of truth, the elusiveness of the past, and the transcendent power of love.

Virginia Seton lives in rainy, seedy New Orleans, working as a researcher for a historical novelist with a 'strip-mined' imagination. On a brief trip back to New Zealand for her sister's wedding, Virginia is drawn into the family secrets, lies and tensions of both the past and the present.

Reviews

A stunning debut novel … Queen of Beauty had me mesmerised from the first words … a masterful work.

Penny Bieder, New Zealand Herald

Local debut of the year … a warm, unsentimental portrait of a family in all its confusion and conflicting stories.

New Zealand Listener

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143018414

    October 3, 2002

    Penguin

    312 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook

    9781742288338

    December 3, 2004

    Penguin eBooks

    312 pages

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