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A moving figure on a static canvas, Jackie Owens

Crimes of Neglect Stephanie Johnson, New Women’s Press, $21.95 Stephanie Johnson’s first novel charts the emotional wasteland of Beatrice: cellist, mother, veteran of relationships, and, in the eyes of her sisters and ex-husbands, disaster. Drifting from Teasedale to Christchurch to…
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The sacred fish, Norman Bilbrough

Norman Bilbrough looks at some short fiction currently available – and sorts the big from the small. Motel View Forbes Williams, Victoria University Press, $19.95 Animal Passions Sheridan Keith, New Women’s Press, $24.95 Just Like You Said It Would Be…
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Acceptance of diversity, Claire-Louise McCurdy

Parker and Hulme: A Lesbian View Julie Glamuzina and Alison J Laurie, New Womens Press, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Does anyone in New Zealand at the time not remember Parker and Hulme, the two Christchurch girls who murdered the mother of…
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Shorter reviews, Gavin McLean

Worlds of Katherine Mansfield Harry Ricketts (ed), Nagare Press, Palmerston North, 1991 The last decade’s avalanche of books on Katherine Mansfield and her work makes this slim collection of essays timely, even necessary. Acknowledging that Mansfield has ‘become an industry’,…
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Determined industry? Andrew Mason

Foreigners Mike Johnson, Penguin, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Distortions John Connor, Reed Books, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 Man with Two Arms and other Stories Norman Bilbrough, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Lie of the Land Michael Henderson, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $19.95…
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Diverse enjoyable strands, Heather Roberts

A Population of One Alice Glenday, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 The Peace Monster John Smythe, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95 The Widowhood of Jacki Bates Frances Cherry, New Women’s Press, Auckland 1991, $19.95 Strained Relations Gaelyn Gordon, Vintage, Auckland, 1991, $24.95…
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