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  • Published: 1 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780143020042
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.95
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Electric City




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.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780143020042
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.95

About the Author

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most prominent and celebrated Maori fiction authors and a figurehead of modern New Zealand literature. She garnered initial acclaim in the 1970s with her collection of short stories entitled Waiariki (1975) — the first published book by a Maori woman in New Zealand. She has published six novels and seven short story collections, as well as a number of books for children and a work of non-fiction. She won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction for Potiki in 1987, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2001 with Dogside Story, which also won the 2001 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize. Her children’s story The Kuia and the Spider won the New Zealand Picture Book of the Year in 1982.

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Praise for Electric City

“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


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