Title: Days are Like Grass
Authors: Younger, Sue
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 237
Year: 2016
Publisher: Eunoia Publishing
Language: English
Description: There can be no running away from her past for paediatric surgeon Claire Bowerman. Reluctantly returning to Auckland from London, Claire throws herself into her work at Starship Children's Hospital, but her Israeli partner Yossi and her teenage daughter Roimata are determined she face her demons. What does she have to hide?

This is a satisfying and challenging story of contemporary New Zealand, of the grim reality of family dysfunction and the power our families have to shape us.
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Maori, Medical/Health, Relationships, Popular Book with Groups, 2020 Titles


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By: AUCK 183 2022-05-04 16:55:24
Most people enjoyed this book. Auckland parts were fun, learnt some things about working in hospitals. Lively discussions followed regarding relationships and family issues.

By: CHCH 240 2022-03-26 10:35:37
An easy read and not too complicated. Being a NZ story, it integrated mixed cultures well and made it interesting. A good portrayal of characters, showing strength, determination and perseverance.

By: PALMN 001 2022-03-02 11:35:32
Two members thought the book really great. The other 9 were mixed but all read it. The discussion was brilliant, so altogether we were all glad to have read it.

By: AUCK 055 2022-03-02 10:43:52
The book was enjoyed by all members and much discussion generated. All grades were 4.5 or 5, so a high recommendation. Good to see the familiar places in Auckland too.

By: DUNED 029 2022-02-28 17:05:18
We all agreed this was a great 'yarn', very readable and well-written with plenty of issues to discuss. Despite a somewhat improbable story it raised issues of relationships in families, the need for reconciliation and forgiveness, the healing of past hurts, with an unsolved murder mystery thrown in! An impressive debut novel by a NZ author.

By: POKE 002 2022-01-10 10:07:11
We live locally, and work at Starship. Great book!

By: OWAKA 001 2021-09-27 12:52:04
All enjoyed the book a lot. Felt they were strong characters. Enjoyed the NZ setting. Looking forward to more from this author.

By: WAIKA 011 2021-07-19 11:45:54
One of our members loved it, and read it twice. Two thought it was a "nice little book", and the rest were annoyed by it! Too many themes; anti the term 'Pakeha': the beach scene after 'kidnapping' a child from hospital was implausible, and the list went on and on.

By: WELL 104 2021-07-19 11:43:09
Two of us loved this book - felt characters were well developed and the complexities of life addressed with competence. We gave it a 5. Others in the group were not impressed and felt the style and plot were somewhat cliché ridden. Two members found it "boring". All agreed that the Auckland/Waiheke settings were well described, but our debate was over the personalities. In the end, a very mixed response to this writer.

By: LOWER 002 2021-06-25 12:34:56
Two people really disliked this book, but most enjoyed it. It gave rise to lots of discussion and even though there were many perceived inconsistencies in the author's viewpoint, the NZ/Maori family aspects were appreciated by most.

By: MARTIN 001 2021-06-25 12:33:08
Most thought that the characters didn't come across as real. It seemed like the author had tried to cram in as many issues as she could, which didn't really work.

By: CHCH 393 2021-06-09 14:40:05
One of our favourite reads of the year. All were taken forward by the plot. One of our group ( a nurse) felt it was a very realistic portrayal of the hospital scene.

By: TEPUK 007 2020-11-19 12:01:29
Everyone enjoyed the book, particularly as set in NZ - very relevant and topical storyline - could relate to all characters!!

By: PALMN 031 2020-11-19 12:00:18
Great book - we loved the NZ content.

By: ASHB 028 2020-10-05 10:11:38
All members loved this book - a fabulous debut novel. Beautifully crafted, thought-provoking and set in our very own Aotearoa.

By: AUCK 058 2020-09-04 12:43:16
Book enjoyed by all readers. The different characters were believable and the scenes were set well.

By: LOWER 009 2020-08-11 14:20:48
It was great to read a NZ book. Claire became a "real" person to us. It sparked a very lively debate about her predicament with her daughter, and relationships.

By: AUCK 208 2020-08-05 14:08:50
A great read, we very much enjoyed the book. Much to learn about life, and we found Claire amazing. The local content was interesting, and it was clever how aspects of Maori life were brought in. It didn't allow us to know how bad the father was until the end; well-written. 1 person found the book trite after 20 pages!!!

By: KATIK 006 2020-07-31 13:45:17
We really enjoyed this - best book of the year so far! An insight into the darker side of the lives of some of our children, and how our medical professionals have to face them and try to mend them.

By: LOWER 008 2020-07-22 12:46:54
All members enjoyed the book - characters featured were diverse and strong. Loved the setting on Waiheke Island. Discussion was 'full-on' - good set of questions.

By: AUCK 133 2020-06-05 13:38:16
Comments included..."Strong characterisation - all very real and plausible. Pace was satisfying, easy to read. Just enough tension, and a good twist to give us a surprise at the end. Wow factor at the beginning. it was beautiful - a short dialogue almost like a poem. The back and forth time frames moved easily, they flowed and there was no confusion. We loved the locations. We live nearby and really related to every location. That added resonance to the book. We loved it".

By: AUCK 293 2020-05-27 13:49:13
So good to read a NZ author, and a good one at that. Well constructed with believable characters. Good plot with a good ending, she certainly kept you interested. If you live in Auckland it's easy to relate to the setting.

By: WELL 008 2020-05-27 13:47:10
We all enjoyed the book; appreciated the NZ content, good characterisation and interesting plot. Well-written. Thought it would make a good film as author had written for the screen.

By: CHCH 312 2020-05-25 14:37:00
We all really enjoyed this NZ book. Easy read with interesting characters, and a mix of cultural heritages working out how to get along together, and how our pasts shape us.

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