Author(s): Sue Orr
A collection of vivid, accessible stories, which are modern in setting or sensitivity, entertaining and New Zealand in focus - and this collection can be read purely for the immense pleasure they offer.
However, the stories can also be read for the way they explore elements from earlier stories from Maori myth and fairy tales to masterpieces by writers such as Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, Henry James and Anton Chekov.
Selected because their observations remain fresh and honest in the 21st century and, as the award-winning author says, they 'touched me deeply and I can recall their substance without hesitation', they - and these new stories - concern themselves with dignity, honesty, bravery, weakness and passion.
The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol - which inspired the collection - is included, as are notes on the other originals. Sue Orr says 'I urge you to take the journey I took - seek out the classics at the heart of this collection, read them, and marvel at their perennial beauty.'
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 Finalist: Fiction