Relief, by Anna Taylor
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*** WINNER OF THE 2010 NZ SOCIETY OF AUTHORS AWARD FOR FIRST BOOK ***
A little girl out of her depth in her friendship with an adult neighbour; an armed intruder thwarted by a bee; a woman determined to believe in her brother’s goodness under the shadow of accusation; a Christmas dinner guest who will eat only peas–these stories effortlessly mix the menacing and the comic, and handle real-life situations with warmth and subtlety.
Relief introduces an astonishingly mature and confident new voice in New Zealand fiction.
Praise for Relief
Dark, sometimes menacing, often funny, this is an extraordinary collection of stories. They are beautifully understated, yet deeply layered, and the weather is a wonderful character in many of them. My favourite two are Michael is Fasting for Christmas and In the Wind – both deal with dark subjects in witty and original ways.
Carole Beu The Women's Bookshop SPEAKING VOLUMES RADIO NZ NATIONAL
These are wonderful stories, exquisitely observed and recorded with delicacy and wit. Emily Perkins
...Anna Taylor in these stories has the command of technique to make the most of interesting story material, most of it to do with family relationships, from the ordinary to the extreme.
Lawrence Jones OTAGO DAILY TIMES
Taylor has produced a superb debut collection, is unafraid to turn calamities into blessings, and writes with the elegance and composure of a silversmith. I can't wait to read what she does next.
Paula Green NZ HERALD
Anna Taylor was born in 1982. She completed the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2006, and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for the manuscript she wrote during that year. Anna is a guest at this year’s Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.
She lives in Wellington. This is her first book.