Author(s): Tanya Moir
This rich and darkly humorous novel is about family history and the power and risk of knowledge.
'I want to tell you a story about my mother, although of course it is also mine u inherited, along with dangly earlobes and a horror of deep water.'
Janine's mother had an obsession: her ancestry. But what she uncovered was a colourful assortment of characters and their penchant for cruelty. When her mother dies, Janine continues the genealogical search. She buys a run-down house on a tiny island, where she sits and writes up the stories of her forebears, worrying whether the damaging genes have been passed on. Meanwhile the builder, Jake, is erecting a jetty for her, and it is his presence, along with Janine's discovery about her grandfather, that might offer her hope of redemption.
Startlingly original and superbly written, Tanya Moir's rich and surprising new novel takes a darkly humorous look at family history, the power and risk of knowledge, and asks how much we really want to know about our futures and our pasts.
Anticipation is a bit of a book of two parts. In one part we have Janine, a professionally successful but privately lonely real estate agent who buys a rundown island off the Auckland coast and sets about having a will-they-won't-they relationship with hunky Jake, the builder. At the same time as she is not sleeping with Jake, Janine is also researching her family history, and this is where Anticipation really gets good. Janine's gruesome relatives, going as far back as the 1700's, make for a page-turning, if occasionally stomach-churning read. Is all the madness in her family just a coincidence? Or will Janine succumb as well? If you're a genealogy fan, this is a real must-read. - Lucy
Tanya Moir was born in Invercargill and grew up in rural Southland. She has worked in radio, print and television in New Zealand and as a television promo producer in Rome and London. She now lives on the West Coast of Auckland with her husband, Ian. Anticipation is her second novel.