Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
The phrase “coming-of-age” is frequently
thrown about in the book world. I feel like every other book I read uses
that descriptor. The plots of these coming-of-age tales often center on a
major event that drastically alters a character’s current situation and
expected future: a loss, a change of perspective, a victory. But the
three individuals at the center of THE MOTHERS, Brit Bennett’s
bestselling debut novel, have already experienced hinge moments before
the end of chapter one.