Beneath Pale Water

Beneath Pale Water

3.94 (47 ratings by Goodreads)
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Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand's southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals - a sculptor, a vagrant and a model - who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable - both physically and emotionally - to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free or destroy them.

"Powerfully evokes the landscapes and seasons of inland Otago." Owen Marshall

Winner of the IPPY Gold Medal Award, Australia/New Zealand - Best Regional Fiction, 2018
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 14.73mm | 290.3g
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • English
  • 0473407264
  • 9780473407261
  • 2,282,744

Review quote

"Powerfully evokes the landscapes and seasons of inland Otago." - Owen Marshall, author

"Lucid and springy dialogue" - David Hill, New Zealand Listener

"The strangest thing I've read for quite some time. The most oriiginal thing I've read for quite some time." - Louise O'Brian, Radio New Zealand Nine to Noon

"There's a threatened sort of tension that builds and builds." - Ruth Todd, Plains FM
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Rating details

47 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 30% (14)
4 45% (21)
3 19% (9)
2 2% (1)
1 4% (2)
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