Reviewed by Nicky Pellegrino
There seems to be some sort of contest going on among authors at the moment to see who can come up with the most ridiculous title for their book. For the record God is the name the narrator of this debut novel gives her pet rabbit. The title does at least set the tone for a story that is ridiculous at times, but also eccentric, hilarious and brave.
Elizabeth Smither is an acclaimed New Plymouth based poet, novelist and short story writer. She has recently released The Commonplace Book (AUP, $34.99) a collection of thoughts about writing and the writer’s life
The book I love most is….... Persuasion by Jane Austen for its highly-strung and matchless ending. Transport may have changed and clothing but all her characters: the incurably vain father, the social climbing sister, the true friend who spills the beans, all exist in the world today. Austen knew we have to work on ourselves if we want to find happiness.
The book I’d like to read next is…....The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. Elizabeth became ill with a mystery virus while travelling in Europe: a friend bought a gift of violets and a snail in a pot. Confined to bed she could hear the snail eating: “the sound of someone very small munching on celery”. I like writing that resembles slow cooking and what could be slower than a snail?