The Moxon sisters are well known in Flaxdale, distinguishable from other locals by their size, their shape, and the colour of their hair: razor-short peroxide, stripped lifeless and straw-like.
This is a novel in which you will meet some extraordinary characters – the Moxon sisters, Max Bloody Tapper – and find at least three layers of story. Outwardly, it's all quite simple – Rick has a bit of a mid-life crisis and Hazel carries on coping. But as the two work through their break-up and its fall-out – Rick in Australia and Hazel in New Zealand – events at a country swimming-hole one summer long ago begin to haunt them both.
BRONWYN TATE's short stories have been broadcast on National Radio, Concert FM, and the BBC World Service and published in RTR Countdown, More and elsewhere. She has lived in many North Island towns, and possibly Townsville.
Paperback, 304 pages, ISBN 1 877133 15 9, $24.95
Out of print