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The Last Time We Spoke

The Last Time We Spoke
  

One mild summer evening in rural New Zealand the lives of Carla Reid, a middle-aged farmer's wife, and Ben Toroa, an illiterate teen, brutally collide. Neither will be the same again, their futures forever linked. Many years after their first encounter, Carla and Ben's lives once... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780749020262
Barcode 9780749020262
Published 1 June 2016 by Allison & Busby
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Sussman, Fiona

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ISBN-13 9780749020262
ISBN-10 0749020261
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Allison & Busby
Imprint Allison & Busby
Publication Date 1 June 2016
International Publication Date 19 June 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Sussman, Fiona
Category Modern Fiction
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Auckland Writer’s Festival 2017
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 340g
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 662018

Description of this Book

One mild summer evening in rural New Zealand the lives of Carla Reid, a middle-aged farmer's wife, and Ben Toroa, an illiterate teen, brutally collide. Neither will be the same again, their futures forever linked. In the bleak aftermath of this home invasion, SENTENCED traces both Carla and Ben's journey as they each try to make sense of their new reality. Carla's long road from rage and resentment interleaves with Ben's time in prison as he hardens into manhood.Set again these parallel stories is also the voice of a Maori ancestor who looks down from Beyond, transporting the story to a wider historical stage. Many years after their first encounter, Carla and Ben's lives once more intersect, again with astonishing consequences.This is an astonishing story about two people trying to make sense of their broken lives. It is a provocative and dark tale, but ultimately one of hope and human possibility.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A gripping story about grief and redemption' Sunday Mirror
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Growing up in a publisher's home in South Africa, Fiona fell in love with language and the written word at an early age. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitised Fiona to the issues of injustice and racial prejudice. Fiona now lives in New Zealand.

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