If you feel like a slow, ponderous read, then this is for you.
I can imagine Emily Perkins writing each chapter of this book as a short story, it is true that she has published a few of the chapters in journals and on the radio. Each chapter stands by itself as a moment in time, in the lives of various members of the Forrest family. Together they combine to provide a rich, deep portrait of the complexity of relationships; particularly with those who are closest to you.
One thing which I really appreciate about Perkins writing is that she can clearly evoke a scene and an atmosphere with few words. Particularly in chapters ‘Yeah, Everything’ and ‘Loose’ I felt a really sense of place, as though I had been there in the story myself at some point in my life.
If you like this try these, slow, pondorous NZ reads:
anything by Linda Olssen (the gentleness of your nature)
Laurence Fernley (the hut builder, edwin and matilda)