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  • Published: 3 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781869799618
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 33

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A modern short story from a prize-winning collection, riffing on the traditional Maori creation myth.

A modern short story from a prize-winning collection, riffing on the traditional Maori creation myth.

Taawhirimatea is the Maori god of weather. According to the Maori world creation story, he chose to stay with his sky father rather than join his siblings and his earth mother when the sky and the land first separated. To this day, he manipulates the weather, wreaking revenge for the separation of his parents. In this entertaining short story, Taawhirimatea is a television weather reporter who might just have more power than mere prediction. . .

  • Pub date: 3 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781869799618
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 33

About the Author

Sue Orr

Sue Orr is the author of two short story collections. Etiquette for a Dinner Party (2008) won the Lilian Ida Smith Award and From Under the Overcoat (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and won the People’s Choice Award. Her fiction has been published in New Zealand and international anthologies and translated into Spanish. In 2011 she was the Sargeson Buddle Findlay Fellow.

She has taught creative writing at Manukau Institute of Technology and Massey University and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University, Wellington.

‘If you only have time for one new local writer in your life then make sure it is Sue Orr,’ wrote novelist and critic Nicky Pellegrino in the Herald on Sunday. Etiquette for a Dinner Party presents ‘a wonderfully diverse, yet believable collection of characters and maladies stretching across a classic New Zealand landscape’ (The Otago Daily Times), with stories which offer an ‘intriguing, sharp-eyed exploration of gaps and misunderstandings between people, and gaps between hopes or expectations and reality, with some nicely black twists and turns thrown in’ (The New Zealand Listener).

Fiona Kidman wrote of From Under the Overcoat: ‘Sue Orr’s stories have that mesmerising quality that makes the reader race on, hoping they will never end, yet desperate to find out what happens next. Their stylishness marks a new departure in contemporary short-story writing, her weaving of new and vibrant stories on to concepts that began with the great masters is high-wire risk taking that succeeds magnificently. I admire these stories immensely: by turn tender, sly, comic, and always deeply informed about the ways of the human heart.’

Orr has a twitter account: @SueMOrr.

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