Public Sex in Paekakariki
Paekakariki villager nurse Margaret Spindle finds a destitute, mute pregnant woman in St. Peter's and feels obliged to give her shelter. On the same day, Freddie Tasco, a designer-chic Aucklander, arrives in the village to look over the house his aunt has left him to decide if it will be suitable to open a branch of his business.
That business offers women the chance to be photographed with a fantasy lover. Meanwhile, Margaret's friends, life-partners Fay Dalgety and Ruth Bone, begin to investigate the worrying absence of one of Ruth's hydrotherapy clients. Ruth has noticed cuts and bruises on her client's face and arms.
Finding the answers to who the pregnant woman is, and what the result is of Freddie opening his business, as well as why Ruth's client is bruised leads all three women on a sometimes dangerous magical realism dance, with the truth finally found in Freddie Tasco's sumptuous bed.
Sandi Hall is an Auckland writer although she was born in Cornwall, England and grew up on the Canadian prairies. She has worked & lived around the world and Sandi founded the New Zealand Women’s Political Party (NZWPP) as well as working on New Zealand’s first feminist magazine, Broadsheet.
She is an author of several novels. Her first novel, The Godmothers, was published by the prestigious Women's Press in London and reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.