Author(s): Julie Helean
Things are heating up in Easy, a Central Otago town. After lobbying unsuccessfully to get their desperately needed public toilet, the women of Easy give up on council, conspiring to build it themselves. There's civic pride at stake, never mind the strained bladders. Luckily Jinx, a visitor in a campervan, has just the right credentials to get them started. When the town's unofficial mayoress, Martha, traps her builder in town, she discovers that Jinx, aside from her non-traditional job, is a hard-to manage lesbian with a penchant for rule breaking of every kind. The fact that the building project proceeds without council permits, with an entrapped builder and using stolen materials, is just the start of the pandemonium. Sawdust and road dust, half-baked construction plans hatched by local women in a Central Otago heat wave - it's the perfect escape for Jinx, on the run from Auckland and her claustrophobic circle of friends. This whimsical and delightfully contoured novel showcases - much like a pikelet at an A&P Show - rural New Zealand in all its jammy glory.
'An honest account of contemporary issues facing small town New Zealand - radiates warmth and wry affection' -Annabel Fagan.
Julie Helean is a psychologist and health planner with experience in non-traditional work: truck driving, building and protesting. In 2008 she completed the Masters in Creative Writing course run by the University of Auckland, under the mentorship of Professor Witi Ihimaera. Born in Dunedin, Julie now lives in Auckland.