Author(s): Charlotte Grimshaw
Charlotte Grimshaw's collection of interlinked stories, Opportunity, was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O'Connor International Prize, and won New Zealand's premier award for fiction, the 2008 Montana Book Award. Grimshaw has described Opportunity as a single, unified composition, less a series of stories than a novel with a large cast of characters. In Singularity, her powerful new collection, she has continued to develop the structure she explored in Opportunity. Characters from that book reappear, and new characters are added. The stories in Singularity cover a wide range of territory, from childhood innocence to adult desperation, from the depths of poverty to cushioned affluence, from London to Los Angeles, Ayers Rock in Australia to the black sand beaches of New Zealand's wild west coast. Each stories can be read as discrete pieces, yet each contributes to a unifying narrative. Richly detailed, vivid with local colour, each story is an inspection of human motive and of the complex ties that bind five principal characters together. First published May 2009.
Shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book - SE Asia and South Pacific 2010.
Charlotte Grimshaw is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Provocation and Guilt, published in Britain and New Zealand, Foreign City, published in New Zealand in 2005, and a short story collection, Opportunity. She has been named by the NZ Listener as one of the ten best New Zealand writers under forty. In 2000 she was awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship for literature. She has been a double finalist and prizewinner in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story competition, and in 2006 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield award for short fiction.