Author: RADOJKOVICH LEANNE
What to do when the past crashes into the present? It can happen anywhere: in carports and kitchens – on stairwells – at the airport. Set in Aotearoa New Zealand’s small towns and cities, these ten stories by Leanne Radojkovich dissect moments where the protagonists are confronted with truth and must decide whether to stand, fall or run.
Leanne Radojkovich’s writing is full of crisp, precise details, and often contains a sting. In Hailman, the follow-up to her 2017 debut First fox, the stories still have a dreamy, mythic feel, but are now rooted more firmly in the dusty suburbs and countryside of Aotearoa.
In the title story, a child builds a snowman out of ice with her mum’s friend Joyce and skirts round the edge of some adult truths. In ‘Growing’, a daughter visits her mother in the nursing home and tries to bond with her over flower seeds. In ‘Double Dose’, Patsy makes a Covid-y journey back to her hometown and touches on unpleasant memories of the past.