The Wish Child
Victoria University Press, $30
Catherine Chidgey has a terrific writing pedigree. Her debut novel, In a Fishbone Church, won Best First Book at The New Zealand Book Awards along with the South-East Asia/South Pacific section of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. She has since received numerous honours and fellowships, and glowing accolades from home and abroad.
Chidgey’s latest and fourth novel, The Wish Child, was more than a decade in the making. Right from the first sentences I was caught up in the exquisite lure of the writing: musical, clear, lovingly tended. Nothing seems forced.
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