Author(s): Ann Glamuzina
Lyrical and unforgettable, impeccably researched and based partly on a true story, this is a stunning debut novel about two women immigrants to New Zealand and their interconnecting stories. Olga - On a summer's night in 1944, twelve-year-old Olga allows an untrue rumour to circulate in her Dalmatian village. That misunderstanding reverberates through the final stages of World War II, the refugee camps of Egypt and finally, a new life in New Zealand, changing all their lives forever. Pualele - Nine-year-old Pualele arrives in New Zealand in 1978 as part of an illegal family adoption. Life is confusing and frightening as police conduct dawn raids searching for Pacific Islanders who have overstayed their visas. When she is finally called back to Samoa as an adult, she must decide who she is and where she belongs. Rich Man Road is about lost love, guilt and the sometimes difficult relationship between mothers and daughters. Olga and Pualele come from different worlds but when their lives intersect they discover more about themselves than either could ever have imagined.
Ann Glamuzina is of Dalmatian descent. She is a former lawyer, having graduated from Auckland University in 1990, and more recently gained a Master of Creative Writing degree from AUT University in 2009. She co-authored the quirky The Bitter Sweet Philosophies. Rich Man Road is her first novel.