New ‘Other Genres’ for April, featuring New Zealand writers

Romance, suspense, humour, family relationships, and historical novels, also a collection of short stories are the genres represented in this ‘Other Genres’ selection, all by our own talented New Zealand writers.

Syndetics book coverGlam rock boyfriends : an imaginary memoir / by Raewyn Alexander.
“Glam rock boyfriends, audacious, love-struck, music-mad, this recall of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Rock’n’roll, with croony swoons, jazz bursts, manic glitzy sass, then punk fits rip, segueing into oonst electronica. Later the ocean calls, and our anti-heroine gathers distinct treasures, she side-steps to unpredicted, involved after-effects giving this novel complex personal narrative across Europe, Britain and New Zealand.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMelting into you / Tracey Alvarez.
“Kezia Murphy plays her widow card well. When you don’t trust people not to let you down, it’s easier to not get involved – and getting involved with a man who makes her skin sizzle just by looking at him would be crazy! Four years ago while Kezia’s daughter, Zoe, battled leukaemia, a tragic accident stole her husband’s life. New Zealand’s worst candidate for instant fatherhood, Ben doesn’t do gooey emotional stuff. So when Jade, his surprise eight-year-old daughter arrives on his doorstep, he’s a D-minus student struggling to pass a crash-course in parenting. Then the sparks of attraction between Kezia and Ben fan into an inferno, Ben doesn’t know how much longer the layers of resistance around his heart can resist melting into the gooey mess he fears.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe road to Lilyfields / Lottie Bloom.
“A fresh start in the country is just what Rosa needs. But love has a habit of taking hold in unexpected places. All Rosa wants is to trade her fast-paced city life for a simpler country existence. A run-down cottage in need of some TLC seems the perfect place to recover from a bruising break-up and to reconnect with her country roots. But when Rosa falls for Jack, the only other full-time resident in the bay, the simple life she craves seems in danger of slipping away. Just when she is learning to trust again, Jack’s mixed messages leave Rosa bewildered and confused. Will her obsession with Jack’s past ruin any chance of being with him?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Sleep sister / Karen Breen.
“On the last day of 1979, sisters Gilly and Marina and their little brother Davy are running wild with all the other children at a remote campsite on a beautiful Northland beach. While the adults party, the children’s games grow more reckless. Over the next seven years, the Duggan family tries to forget the tragic events of that night. But 1987 is the year that blows everything apart. A death in the family creates seismic shifts in loyalty. Trust is betrayed, new allegiances are formed and just as the excesses of the early 80s come to an abrupt halt, the past resurfaces in the most unexpected ways.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverComing rain / Stephen Daisley.
“Lewis McLeod has been travelling with Painter Hayes since he was a boy, shearing, charcoal burning, anything that comes. Painter made him his first pair of shoes. But Lew’s a grown man by the time he and Painter arrive on Drysdale Downs to shear for John Drysdale and his daughter, Clara. And now everything will change.” (Adapted from Book cover)

Syndetics book coverHillsend : a novel / Thomas W. Devine.
“A Londoner entrusts her brothers with answers that her orphaned daughter will seek from a young age. A successful English photographer, now resident in Auckland, attempts a lasting relationship but is still trying to get over his disastrous marriage. A New Zealand-born fashion model turned businesswoman, lives with emotional scars from her teenage experiences in Milan and something is left behind in the quick sale of a luxury holiday home in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRich Man Road / Ann Glamuzina.
“On a summer’s night in 1944, twelve-year-old Olga allows an untrue rumour to circulate and the repercussions of that misunderstanding reverberate through the final stages of World War II, the refugee camps of Egypt and, finally, a new life in New Zealand. Years later, as an old woman dying of cancer, she meets the much younger and vulnerable Samoan immigrant Pualele, someone who might understand her.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe legend of Winstone Blackhat / Tanya Moir.
“In Winstone’s imagination, the Kid and his partner ride through the Wild West on the trail of their quarry. In Winstone’s actual life, he’s had to abandon his ‘partner’ and is hiding out in the tough landscape of Central Otago. What has this boy run from, and how will the resilient and engaging twelve-year-old survive?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlood, wine & chocolate : a novel / Julie Thomas.
“Two little boys start out as friends but their lives take two different paths. One becomes all he wants to be and is ‘saved’ by marrying a woman with the strength to keep him on the right side of the law and he has something to live for. The other is a boy who is given no choice about his life and the person he will become and the things he will do. When they meet again the contrast is stark.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdriatic blue : a collection of short fiction / Barbara Unković.
“An anthology of short fiction from new Zealand to Croatia, with a number of unexpected detours along the way. These are tales of substance and style about different people in different worlds; funny, personal, sometimes shocking, but definitely different.” (Adapted from Book cover)