What happens when the town of Puamahara begins to profit from its legend and the astronomers discovering the Gravity Star predict an unthinkable future? Mattina Brecon, a New Yorker, arrives in Kowhai Street, Puamahara, where her painstaking study of her neighbours is interrupted by a new kind of cataclysmic event. Mattina finds herself in possession of a Kowhai Street that is without people, language or memory.
This novel won the 1989 Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ansett New Zealand Book Award. It was Janet Frame's last novel. First published 1988.
Winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize 1989.
Born in Dunedin in 1924, Janet Frame grew up in Otago. In addition to her three-volume autobiography, she has published four collections of short stories, eleven novels, a volume of poetry and a children's book. Her books have been published around the world and won numerous prizes. Janet Frame died in 2004.