The Piano Girls

The Piano Girls
Elizabeth Smither
NZ$ 35.00
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Trade Paperback
h234 x 153mm - 224pg
31 May 2021 NZ
Locally sourced in NZ eta 7-15 days
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Three musical sisters honour their mother with a piano recital every year in her memory. They compete with one another, practising in secret to see who can be the best. In other stories, music, food, and restaurants are themes. There is a woman who fends off a seducer by cooking up a storm; Fire Lady prepares flambe dishes in a restaurant. There is a cat called Min; an agonising breakup in a luxury hotel; a young woman obsessed with her breasts. The stories cover a wide range from schooldays and ballet lessons (' The Soul of Kate' ) to advanced age (' Scottie' ) where an elderly woman is the pet of a group of rakish young men. The style is engaging, humorous, but invariably compassionate. Introducing Elizabeth Smither as a fellow of The Academy of New Zealand Literature Louise O' Brien writes: ' I read Elizabeth Smither for the optimistic and freeing possibilities in her resistance to closure or conclusion, in character, narrative and, also, in life more broadly. Her stories acknowledge the uncontrollable messiness of life, the ragged edges of a self, the chaos of experience, the many aspects of an individual, and finds melody in the discord. Using multiple narrative perspectives and voices, moving between multiple places and times, her novels and stories accumulate the facets of a life and native without ever suggesting that these can be exhausted. '
"I read Elizabeth Smither because she writes about wonderfully smart and complex women, offering sensitive insight into their domestic lives and relationships. " Louise O' Brien on Elizabeth Smither, Acadamy of New Zealand Literature
Elizabeth Smither has published 18 collections of poetry, was poet laureate (2001-03) and was awarded an Hon D Litt by Auckland University in 2004 and the Prime Minister' s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry in 2008. Her latest poetry collection, ' Night Horse' won the Ockham NZ Book Award for poetry in 2018. She has also written six novels. ' The Piano Girls' is her sixth collection of short stories.

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