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Queen of Beauty

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Virginia Seton lives in rainy, seedy New Orleans, working as a researcher for an historical novelist with a "strip-mined" imagination. On a brief trip back to New Zealand for her sister's wedding, Virginia is drawn into the family secrets, lies and tensions of both the past and the present.Spanning three generations of a large Pakeha/Maori family in a narrative that skilfully handles interwoven stories and multiple voices, Queen of Beauty explores the fragility of truth, the elusiveness of the past, and the transcendent power of love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 26mm | 299.37g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143018418
  • 9780143018414

About Paula Morris

Paula Morris, of Ngati Wai and English descent, was born in Auckland. Her first novel, Queen of Beauty (2002), won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book of Fiction at the 2003 Montana Book Awards. She holds degrees from four universities, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has published three other novels, Hibiscus Coast (2005), Trendy But Casual (2007) and Rangatira (2011; winner of the Fiction Award at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards), and the short-story collection Forbidden Cities (2008). She edited The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2009) and has published three young adult novels in the United States. Paula has worked in London and New York, first as a publicist and marketing executive in the record business, and later as a branding consultant and advertising copywriter. Since 2003 she's taught creative writing at universities in the US and the UK. She is currently Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the University of Sheffield.show more

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