Dumb Show

Dumb Show

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Holed up in a Canterbury farmhouse is a family under siege from within -- Grandfather in self-imposed exile; Father with a mind overwhelmed by shell-shock; Pito, a spirit that won't sleep; self-righteous Aunt Grin; and a litany of other dysfunctional bullies. But as the past begins to unravel, bones surface, the dumb shows play out, the powers shift and the characters' lives are transformed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 345g
  • English
  • Edition 2 ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0473378183
  • 9780473378189
  • 2,360,486

Review quote

'Mike Johnson explores a New Zealand landscape of dark and turbulent childhood with his instinctive compassion and irony. In a book full of enigmatic and complex resonances, Johnson unleashes the latent power of country life, where family relationships and characters are often macabre but poignant.' Shonagh Koea. 'One of the most innovative, original and fearless writers I know.' Witi Ihimaera. Dumb Show is a triumph.... a writer who always test the borders of fiction." Gerry Webb.
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6 ratings
3 out of 5 stars
5 33% (2)
4 17% (1)
3 0% (0)
2 17% (1)
1 33% (2)
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