A striking truth / Helen McNeil.

By: McNeil, Helen, 1952- [author.]Material type: TextTextDescription: 263 pages ; 20 cmISBN: 9780473367824; 0473367823Subject(s): Strikes and lockouts -- New Zealand -- Paper mills -- FictionGenre/Form: New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. Summary: "In 1986 in a central North Island town of New Zealand, the changing labour laws are pressing on the unionized workers of the local mill and their families. The unions believe they are in for another round of strikes, but the mill owners and operators are convinced this time they have a mandate to crush the unions once and for all. Ray, a recent English school graduate, has arrived in this one-industry town to work the mill's new computer system, He is intent on blending into the corporate management but falls in love with a local girl with family working - or not working - at the mill. Ima and Notta, two sisters with secrets, question their loyalties to one another, the town and their beliefs. Families fall apart and others begin, as old flames rekindle and secrets emerge. A Striking Truth is a chronicle of the birth of New Zealand's experimentation with neoliberalism by its effect on one community. It examines how relationships grow and falter in the wake of societal change: not always for the worse and not always predictably. In a battle that is both political and very human, only one thing is certain - no one will survive unchanged"--Publisher's description.
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"In 1986 in a central North Island town of New Zealand, the changing labour laws are pressing on the unionized workers of the local mill and their families. The unions believe they are in for another round of strikes, but the mill owners and operators are convinced this time they have a mandate to crush the unions once and for all. Ray, a recent English school graduate, has arrived in this one-industry town to work the mill's new computer system, He is intent on blending into the corporate management but falls in love with a local girl with family working - or not working - at the mill. Ima and Notta, two sisters with secrets, question their loyalties to one another, the town and their beliefs. Families fall apart and others begin, as old flames rekindle and secrets emerge. A Striking Truth is a chronicle of the birth of New Zealand's experimentation with neoliberalism by its effect on one community. It examines how relationships grow and falter in the wake of societal change: not always for the worse and not always predictably. In a battle that is both political and very human, only one thing is certain - no one will survive unchanged"--Publisher's description.

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