'The air was thick with smog and noise. Kristina pulled her coat closer around herself and tucked her hands down into its pockets. She felt a cold shape against her fingertips – the spare key to Ana's flat.'
Ana, a young Czech woman, is spending the southern summer in New Zealand. In the aftermath of the break-up of her marriage, she is visiting her father, whom she has not seen since he left Prague when she was a young child. With her is her own small daughter, Ariel. Back in Prague, her mother, brother, best friend Kristina and her estranged husband, Milan, are wondering if she will return. This subtle novel shifts between Prague and Wellington, with themes of loyalty and betrayal, migration and separation. It's a book to read in the summer, whichever side of the world you are on.
Paperback, 168 pages, ISBN 1 877276 42 1, $29.95
Out of print