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This rich and darkly funny novel is about family history and the risk and power of knowledge.

Anticipation, Tanya Moir

This rich and darkly funny novel is about family history and the risk and power of knowledge.

‘I want to tell you a story about my mother, although of course it is also mine – inherited, along with dangly earlobes and a horror of deep water.'

Janine's mother had an obsession: her ancestry. But what she uncovered was a colourful assortment of characters and their penchant for cruelty and abuse. When her mother dies, Janine continues the genealogical search. She buys a run-down house on a tiny island, where she sits and writes up the stories of her forebears, worrying whether the damaging genes have been passed on. Meanwhile the builder, Jake, is erecting a jetty for her, and it is his presence, along with Janine's discovery about her grandfather, that might offer her hope of redemption.

Startlingly original and superbly written, Tanya Moir's surprising new book asks how much we really want to know about our futures and our pasts.

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    $36.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781775532019
    Published: 01/03/2013
    Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
    Extent: 256 pages
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    ISBN: 9781775532026
    Published: 01/03/2013
    Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
    Extent: 256 pages
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Anticipation by Tanya Moir

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Tanya Moir

Tanya Moir

Tanya Moir, a novelist, was born in Southland in 1969 and now lives on the west coast of Auckland with her husband. She studied with the Hagley Writers' Institute and received the Margaret Mahy Award in 2008. Her first book, the critically acclaimed historical novel La Rochelle's Road, was noted for ‘a deeply poetic sensibility that is, at times, quite breathtaking' (Your Weekend). The New Zealand Listener described it as ‘that wonder: absorbing historical fiction that replenishes our view of the world then and now', remarking on language that is ‘fresh, vivid and authentic'. Her second novel, Anticipation, was published in 2013 to rave reviews, the Dominion Post saying: 'When [novels] are written as well as this one is, with as much energy and style, the result is a rare treat . . . Tanya Moir weaves a story as rich, intricate and colourful as a tapestry. It is briskly told and is deeply, satisfyingly good . . . Moir is clearly a New Zealand writer to watch.' Moir was a 2013 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow. Her website