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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775201
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $34.99

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A gripping medical drama from the bestselling author of The Silence of Snow.

Would you want to know what awaits you? Would you want to be in control of your life . . . and death? What would you do for love?

Sooner or later, willingly or unwillingly, he’s going to leave you . . .

The words cut deep. Emily knows Jake is not like his father, he’d never leave her willingly. But if he has inherited his mother's genes, then Huntington’s disease is more than likely to take him away. He may even make the same request his mother made, when Jake Heremaia was still a teenager: to end the suffering for good . . .

Reviews of her previous novel:
· ‘She has struck on a particular minor key that rings across each page, clear and sharp and quick. It makes you want to listen close. It makes you uncomfortable . . . She writes grief and shock and death, particularly death, with an acute sense of familiarity – an ache. She writes love with a sweet ache, too, from the electric first bite right through to the bittersweet bedding-in. Love, urgent and invigorating, crackles across The Silence of Snow.’ – Spinoff
· ‘I cried actual page-blurring tears reading the latest novel by Auckland writer Eileen Merriman. . . . It's a drama that tackles some serious themes.’ – Newsroom

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775201
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Eileen Merriman

Eileen Merriman’s three young adult novels, Pieces of You, Catch Me When You Fall, and Invisibly Breathing, were finalists in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2018 and 2019, and all three were Storylines Notable Books. Her fourth young adult novel A Trio of Sophies was published in 2020 to huge critical praise and was also published in Germany. Her first adult novel, Moonlight Sonata, was released in July 2019, with reviewers calling it ‘skilfully crafted’, and a ‘carefully layered and thoughtful drama, with beautifully observed and believable Kiwi characters’. It was longlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction 2020.

Her other awards include runner-up in the 2018 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award, third for three consecutive years in the 2014-2016 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards, second in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, commended in the 2015 Bath Short Story Competition, and first place in the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition. She works full-time as a consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital.

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