A powerful collection of stories shortlisted for the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Award.
These are short stories about ordinary folk leading seemingly ordinary lives. The power of community, extended family and culture are central to all.
Thirteen stories in which the joys of discovery are tempered by the knowledge of a harder, colder world. Sunlight, childhood and nature set against conflict and misunderstanding, in the ever-present shadows of the spirit of the land.
“These are stories about ordinary folk, largely Maori, leading ordinary lives. That they are so illuminated (and illuminating) is a mark of Grace's incomparable skill and competence.”
Michael King, Metro
“Never before have I read in a short story so many layers of relationships in such a compact form. Never before have I been told so much without it being directly stated. And so elegantly.”
Warwick Roger, Auckland Sun
“Electric City has remarkable power for such a little book. Each word seems to work harder and carry more weight of meaning than one usually expects of prose.”
Ann French, NZ Listener