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  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775533498
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304


In this wryly funny novel, Adam tries to juggle midlife, an ex-wife, a new partner and a careering career as he contemplates life’s promises and pitfalls.

In this wryly funny novel, Adam tries to juggle midlife, an ex-wife, a new partner and a careering career as he contemplates life’s promises and pitfalls.

Adam is fortyish, coasting along and relatively content, while his glamorous partner, Louise, takes centre stage. But half a lifetime ago his aspirations were higher, and he was certain about the future he’d share with Judy. When an unexpected invitation arrives, uncomfortable truths resurface and the secrets of the past spill out. How will Adam manage attending a reunion in the company of both Louise and Judy — not to mention stepfatherhood and a state of siege at work?

  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775533498
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Maggie Rainey-Smith

Maggie Rainey-Smith attended the Victoria University undergraduate poetry course and went on to complete the Victoria University undergraduate short fiction course and subsequently the Aoraki Polytechnic writing course and Whitireia Polytechnic’s advanced diploma in writing, completing a BA (majoring in English Literature) from Victoria University, in 2002.

Her first novel, the bestselling About Turns, was chosen by Whitcoulls as their first-ever New Zealand Guaranteed Great Read. She has had poetry, short stories and essays published in magazines, including Sport and The New Zealand Listener, and was short-listed for the Landfall Essay Prize in 2004. Reviewing About Turns, Kimberly Bartlett in the Herald on Sunday pointed out, ‘Rainey-Smith frees herself from the constraints of a great deal of women’s fiction by steering away from romantic love. Instead, she explores themes of friendship, infidelity, literature and class in New Zealand.’ New Idea called it an ‘engaging, poignant book’, while The New Zealand Herald described it as ‘evocative’ with some ‘classic comedy lines’.

She is the current Chair of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, Membership Officer for the Friends of the Randell Cottage, and a guest book reviewer on Beatties Book Blog. She has her own blog (acurioushalfhour@wordpress.com) and website (www.maggieraineysmith.com).

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Praise for Turbulence

The wonderful David Szalay is back with Turbulence, an Editor's Choice for me.

Alice O'Keeffe, Bookseller

[David Szalay's] mastery of form is evident: with deft touches he builds a tangible world.

Hannah Shaddock, Radio Times

I was intrigued by the premise and the first story didn't disappoint, capturing that altered state which being cooped up in [an aeroplane] seems to invoke.

Kate Chisholm, Spectator

More tales of mortality from a master of the genre... [Turbulence] is a chilling achievement.

David Sexton, Evening Standard

Beautifully and delicately told. Each perfectly-formed story is part of a bigger narrative, as Szalay explores the way our actions influence those around us, and highlights the fact that while our technologically connected planet seems to be growing smaller, the people living upon it have grown more isolated from one another.

Christian Lisseman, Big Issue

Reading David Szalay is like receiving a series of electric shocks: his preference for short, sharp sketches, rather than a single, linear plot, means that his books deny the reader the comforts of conventional, more languid storytelling. Szalay's stories may be over in just a matter of minutes, but they are violently, appallingly immersive.

Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

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Alex Preston, Observer

Ingenious. [David Szalay] knows about people. Stark and spare, Turbulence is an impressive novel.

Brian Martin, Spectator

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Financial Times

Szalay conjures up his characters and locations deftly and elegantly, giving each subtle vignette a lingering resonance.

Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday

Affecting. an ambitious, realist and fascinating sequenced collection that often courts discomfort.

Mika Ross-Southall, Sunday Times

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Andrew Billen, The Times

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Claire Lowdon, Times Literary Supplement

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Alastair Mabbott, The Herald

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Jude Cook

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Justine Jordan, Guardian

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Sophie Ratcliffe, Daily Telegraph

Powerful stuff. incisive writing.

Rob Doyle, Irish Times

High-concept and highbrow. a surprisingly poignant lap around the world

Lauren Mechling, Vanity Fair

Turbulence.works brilliantly, with each tale carrying on from the last, interconnected by characters on a journey somewhere. The transitory nature of modern life is captured magnificently, building into a fine meditation on 21st-century anxiety.

Ben East, Observer

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