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  • Published: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798888
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 196

The Wedding At Bueno-Vista


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Wry and poignant, this quirky novel is about resilience and defiance in the face of loss.

Wry and poignant, this quirky novel is about resilience and defiance in the face of loss.

"Dear Invisible Elaine, I know you are out there somewhere, but it would be really wonderful if I could find you."

The Wedding at Bueno-Vista takes us into the world of Elaine Frobisher, a woman who makes herself invisible to those who wish her well, but too visible and vulnerable to those who wish her ill, such predators as the lecherous Adrian Bunce or the burglars who watch her house then steal her possessions and sense of security. Recently widowed and feeling terrorised, she flees to an anonymous apartment block and, for protection, sets about inventing a marriage with an imaginary husband.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798888
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 196

About the Author

Shonagh Koea

Shonagh Koea has published short stories, novels and memoir. North & South commented that ‘Shonagh Koea has a command of prose, an originality of expression, a sophisticated wit and a richness of imagery, which makes her writing a delight.’ She won the Air New Zealand Short Story Award (1981), her novel Sing to Me, Dreamer was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards (1995), and The Lonely Margins of the Sea was runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction (1999). She has held the University of Auckland Fellowship in Literature (1993) and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship (1997).

Koea’s territory is ‘the contrast between domestic misery and various forms of withdrawal or escape’ (The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature), and she has been described ‘as addictive as nicotine or coffee — with, perhaps, major withdrawal symptoms’ (Nelson Evening Mail).

Poet Alistair Paterson said of Staying Home and Being Rotten, ‘This is not merely a good book, but a work of brilliance. It establishes Shonagh Koea as a leading New Zealand novelist and a writer of international significance.’

The Kindness of Strangers: Kitchen Memoirs is a collection of Koea’s memories from her various roles as daughter, wife, mother, journalist and novelist, and as such serves as a social history of New Zealand of the past 50 years. Reviewing it in The New Zealand Listener, Graeme Lay called it ‘a truly delectable read’. The New Zealand Herald wrote: ‘the ingredients in Shonagh Koea’s writing — among them a delicate yet incisive wit, keen perception, irony, and an abundance of sensuous imagery — are good enough to stand alone. Still, the 25 plain and tasty very mid-century New Zealand recipes are skilfully interwoven with the episodic memories they give rise to, and slowly build up a fascinating portrait.'

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