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An excitingly contemporary and innovative blend of a beautifully written novel with pictures by a critically acclaimed author.

An excitingly contemporary and innovative blend of a beautifully written novel with pictures by a critically acclaimed author.

Rudy is a successful architect, but life is not as happy as it should be. His work leaves him artistically frustrated, his wife and two young daughters have moved out of the house he designed for them, and his pushy young associate is vying for design supremacy. When a Vespa accident puts him into hospital and forces him to recuperate at home, he looks in danger of losing everything, but it is then that his repressed artistic yearnings start to make their presence felt, not just in the glass creations he begins to craft, but also in his strange, vivid dreams.

This is a terrific novel in its own right, but with Sarah Laing's superb ink-wash drawings, interspersing the text, it offers an additional and intriguingly innovative way to tell a story.

Reviews

What makes the novel work is that the characters are strong. None of them are especially likeable, but they are wholly credible. Laing has little difficulty creating credible males: both Rudy, with his paroxysms of possessive jealousy, and his best mate Greg ring true, as does their occasionally turbulent mateship. Laura is interesting, too, and the moment when Rudy's character and the novel both come alive is when Greg's mother arrives to look after him, and gives him a shave. The intimacy, the resonances of their relationship when he was a boy, the ghost of her husband and his father ... it's a well- drawn, nuanced human moment. It feels real.

John McCrystal, NZ Books

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781775533030

    July 5, 2013

    RHNZ Vintage

    352 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook

    9781775533047

    July 5, 2013

    Random House New Zealand

    344 pages

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