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  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775530299
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Songs from the Violet Cafe



A 'wonderfully evocative novel' - Next

Acclaimed by critics as 'beautifully written', 'innovative' and 'profoundly moving', this novel is about the ways we are influenced in early life and can connect to others through shared experience.

A woman rows across a lake with a small part-Asian child. The woman is Violet Trench, who in future years will run the Violet Café with an iron will. Those who work in her café come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but each with their own troubles and each affected by working for this enigmatic woman. Her influence takes Jessie Sandal on dangerous journeys to the Far East, and to another stretch of water to be crossed with a small part-Asian child.

Although the characters go their separate ways, they never forget the flavour of that summer working at the café, like the secret, surprising allure of the truffle that infused the food there.

  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775530299
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Fiona Kidman

Dame Fiona Kidman is one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers. Winner of numerous awards and fellowships for literature including a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour, Dame Fiona is renowned as one of New Zealand's foremost storytellers, having written over 30 books, including novels, short stories and poetry, and more than 60 television, film and radio scripts. She was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature.

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Praise for Songs from the Violet Cafe

Kidman, a poet, is a beautiful writer

The Times

Fiona Kidman has written a subtle, intensely wrought novel of echoes and shadows falling across decades and continents. The interwoven lives emerge and disappear with the abrupt clarity of memory. Stark and unsentimental in its acceptance of dependence, warm and haunting about lives never quite -but almost-reclaimed.

Janet Todd, author of A Man of Genius

Readers are in good hands; like all Kidman's writing, it is engaging and captivating.

The Lady

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