Four decades after first holding a mirror up to Kiwi masculinity with the sensational play Foreskin’s Lament, Greg McGee is back with Necessary Secrets, a new novel that asks the same question: Whaddarya?
At times, it’s dark and disturbing, at others, it’s wry and funny and optimistic. Just as McGee didn’t get much sleep while writing it, you’re likely to be awake into the small hours of the early morning reading one more page.
Spanning the four seasons of a year, Necessary Secrets tells the story of Dennis (Den) Sparks and his three adult children. Starting with Den contemplating his mortality on the day of his 70th birthday, the year ahead is told from four different points of view. A searing picture of NZ society today, the family deals with love, loss, financial struggles, drugs, domestic violence, and all the issues that Kiwis deal with daily.
When The Stars Come OutNicola Edwards (304.23 EDW & Frankton Library Children’s Non-Fiction)
With World Space week beginning 4th October, ‘When the Stars Come Out’, seemed a great choice to review this month.
Beginning with an explanation of just what exactly night is and why it occurs, this whimsically informative book wends its way through a history of the night.
As we delve into the magical realm that is our universe at night we discover what makes it so extraordinary…from moon bows to shooting stars, and from the polar night to the northern lights. Experience how different habitats from the city to the ocean, come alive when the sun sets. Meet animals that make their own elaborate beds and others that sleep while swimming or flying. Explore the history of human sleep across the globe and dive into a world of dreams…