By Janet Charman

If 'mother will not come to us', New Zealanders needs to visit mom . . . right here an expat poet unearths herself in alien but unusually commonplace territory, a spot her ancestors 'got off'. What needs to she do to outlive? ranking herself a bedsit, paintings in a pub, hunt up an place of work task - and maintain an eye fixed out. Set at the cusp of the 1970s-80s, Janet Charman's compelling new publication centres at the disorienting stories of a tender lady newly arrived in London - squalid residences, temp paintings, ancestral visits and journeys to the Continent. Charman has a laser-sharp eye for unsettling social cues, her outsider's imaginative and prescient of the town many times challenged through encounters with an array of its outstanding population - the far away kin who stayed at domestic; her welfare 'clients' and their social employees; and her fellow antipodean guests. And all touch within the new outdated land is marked by means of the claims and thoughts of that different white coast: Aotearoa. Charman's account of the OE event unearths a passage hedged with earnest expectation and ripe with the black comedy of disillusion. In gritty lyrics, telling information and biting notice play, this multi-voiced narrative units out a mundane pilgrimage - of the numerous generations of Kiwis to alight on the white coast, this can be a shining checklist from a unmarried traveller.

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