Author(s): Gina Cole
This collection of short stories explores connections between extremes of heat and cold. Sometimes this is spatial or geographical; sometimes it is metaphorical. Sometimes it involves juxtapositions of time; sometimes heat appears where only ice is expected.
In the stories, a woman is caught between traditional Fijian ways and the brutality of the military dictatorship; a glaciology researcher falls into a crevasse and confronts the unexpected; two women lose children in freak shooting accidents; a young child in a Barbie Doll sweatshop dreams of a different life; secondary school girls struggle with secrets about an addicted janitor; and two women take a deathly trip through a glacier melt stream. These are some of the unpredictable stories in this collection that follow themes of ice and glaciers in the heat of the South Pacific and take us into unusual lives and explorations.
Hubert CHurch Best First Book Award for Ficion at the Ockham NZ Book Awards 2017
'Aotearoa New Zealand has yet to hear a voice as striking as this one from its Pasifika diaspora: Fijian-infused, queer-inflected, and crafted with legal precision.' --Selina Tusitala Marsh
Gina Cole (Fijian, Scottish, Welsh) is a barrister specialising in family law and a writer. She has a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and has had her writing published in takahē, JAAM, Express Magazine, Span and Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust Newsletter. She won the Alternative Bindings, Auckland Pride Festival creative writing competition in 2014 with her poem ‘Airport Aubade’, and she had a short story highly commended in the 2013 BNZ Literary Awards – Katherine Mansfield Award.