Charlie Lowry has a story to tell, a particularly New Zealand story: from her 1978 teenage pregnancy with its abortion or adoption dilemma, leapfrogging ahead to the arrival of the Covid pandemic.
It's all here with her parenting of her grandson Tommy (now off to university), the constraints of a Level 4 lockdown, and even the 2020 General Election with its euthanasia and cannabis referenda.
Poignant and appealing, this thoughtful story of family, choices and consequences, integrates real-life events of New Zealand past and present, perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of an evolving society. [Larger font]
We agreed this is a good book and well worth reading, though it raises a number of difficult issues, particularly teenage pregnancy, adoption and abortion. We found the characters credible and often complex and thought the challenges of neurodiversity in a young man for him and for those close to him were very well-described. The Wellington context rang true. The book is unusual in that it deals with such recent events as Covid with its lockdowns and daily 1pm news, Jacinda and the 2020 general election and End of Life referendum, and (briefly)conspiracy theories. A truly NZ novel. Recommended.