Title: Party Line, The
Authors: Orr, Sue
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 249
Year: 2015
Publisher: Vintage Books
Language: English
Description: Gypsy Day 1972 heralds the arrival of sharemilker and widower Ian Baxter and his precocious 13-year-old daughter, to a farm on the Hauraki Plains. Gabrielle immediately strikes up a friendship with local Nickie Ward, and the girls in their innocence and outrage end up at odds with their community which seems determined to turn a blind eye to the trauma unfolding in its midst.

This vivid, compelling portrait of New Zealand rural life is also a coming-of-age story recalling the morals and values of our not-so-distant past.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The farming community and the period in time is brilliantly captured in well-written prose which I found fascinating."

"Every character leaps to life and every individual is deftly drawn."

"A great read, I really enjoyed it."

"For a quick read, this book contains much to set the reader thinking."

"For anyone in the older age bracket (60+), this book will evoke memories of the past."

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, 2018 Titles


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