Grimshaw, Charlotte, 1966-

Opportunity / Charlotte Grimshaw. - Auckland, N.Z. : Vintage, 2007. - 286 p. ; 20 cm.

Short stories.

Animals -- Stories -- Pity -- Daughters -- Him -- The doctor -- Plane sailing -- Gratitude -- Parallel universe -- Opportunity -- The mountain -- Terrorism -- Thin earth -- Home -- The prodigal son -- Storms -- Values -- Free will -- Going back to the end.

"You could look back after a long time and ask, who wanted what from whom?" A man confronts death after an operation, a devout Christian encounters a man who hurt her long ago, a secretary uncovers her boss's secret shame. And in a house in Auckland an elderly woman is writing the last book of her life, one which, she says, contains all of her crimes. How are the characters connected and who is writing the stories? Each of these astute stories is an inspection of motive, rich in vivid insight into a diverse range of lives. Together, they form a unified whole. Opportunity is a book about storytelling, about generosity and opportunism; above all it is a celebration of the subtleties of human impulses, of what Katherine Mansfield called the LIFE of life.

Montana New Zealand Books Awards Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry, 2008

9781869418793 1869418794

Random House New Zealand


Man-woman relationships--Fiction.

New Zealand--Social life and customs--21st century--Fiction.

Short stories, New Zealand.

PR9639.3.G753 / O67 2007


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