Author(s): Charlotte Grimshaw
The latest enthralling novel from the author of The Night Book and Soon.
Eloise Hay lives on the Starlight Peninsula. Every weekday she travels into the city to work at Q TV Studio, assisting with the production of a current affairs show. One night she receives a phone call that will change her life forever.
Thrown into the turmoil of a sudden marriage break-up, Eloise begins to perceive that a layer of the world has been hidden from her. Seeking answers, she revisits a traumatic episode from her past, and in doing so encounters an odd-eyed policewoman, a charismatic obstetrician, a German psychotherapist, and a flamboyant internet pirate wanted by the United States Government. Each of these characters will reveal something about the life of Eloise Hay, answering questions that she hasn't, until now, had the courage to ask.
Tracing the lines that run through our society, from the interior life of one lonely young woman to the top tier of influence in the country, Charlotte Grimshaw's powerful novel demonstrates how little separates us and how close we really are: rich and poor, famous and hidden, virtuous and criminal.
Long-listed for Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2016.
Charlotte Grimshaw is the New Zealand author of five critically acclaimed novels, Provocation, Guilt, Foreign City, The Night Book and Soon, and two short story collections, Opportunity and Singularity.
In 2000 she was awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. In 2006 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. Her short story collection Opportunity was short listed for the 2007 Frank O'Connor International Prize, and in 2008, Opportunity won New Zealand's premier Montana award for fiction, along with the Montana medal. She was also the 2008 Montana Book Reviewer of the year.
Her story collection, Singularity was short listed for the 2009 Frank O'Connor International Prize and the South East Asia and Pacific section of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. The Night Book was one of the three fiction finalists in the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards. She writes a monthly column in Metro magazine, for which she won a 2009 Qantas Media Award.
Stories from Charlotte Grimshaw's collections have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Sharp Sticks Driven Nails, edited by Philip O Ceallaigh, The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories, edited by Paula Morris, Essential New Zealand Short Stories edited by Owen Marshall, Some Other Country, edited by Bill Manhire and Marion McLeod, The Best New Zealand Fiction vols 2,3,3,4 and 6 edited by Fiona Kidman and Second Violins and Lost In Translation, edited by Marco Sonzogni.
In Charlotte Grimshaw's last novel Soon, a sequel to The Night Book, she revisits the lives of some of the best characters in her popular story collections, Opportunity and Singularity. Soon, which was described by Dan Franklin of Jonathan Cape as "a wonderful novel; a really penetrating and intense look at a certain group of powerful people in a small country".
Charlotte Grimshaw's new novel, Starlight Peninsula, expands the plotlines developed in Soon, and introduces a whole new set of characters too.