Century Hutchison 1990
Who is trying to scare Rose? This gripping novel is a vivid portrayal of New Zealand in the 1980s.
Rose Kendall is alone. She is isolated from her children, her friends, and her political ideals, and there is someone trying to scare her – she doesn’t know why and she doesn’t know who.
True Stars shows the tensions and divisions in 1980s New Zealand, which were echoed both on a national level and in family relationships, which were crystallised by the 1981 Springbok Tour, and which gnaw at differences in race, gender, class – and politics. It is a savage and often humorous novel set during the last months of the Lange Government.
What the critics said:
‘It’s intelligent, exciting, very well written and a good read.’ – Sunday Star
‘With True Stars, Fiona Kidman has become the foremost chronicler of our times.‘ – Roger Hall, The Dominion