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“It’s a novel full of acute observation…Sue Orr’s assured shaping and sentence-making deliver compelling characters and events – a world full of human damage and human courage. You feel secure even when she knocks you off balance.”
“Loop Tracks is a wonderful novel written in time, for our times. It’s about abortion and euthanasia, conspiracy theories and intergenerational guilt, but mainly it’s about the love between a grandmother and her grown-up grandson, and the small group around them. It’s the best thing I’ve read on how someone can become radicalized, and so for helping to understand the strange, uncomfortable places we’ve reached politically and socially.”
“This fictional inter-generational story will speak to a wide readership about the choices that are important for our future.”
—Dame Margaret Sparrow
About the Book: It’s 1978: the Auckland abortion clinic has been forced to close and sixteen-year-old Charlie has to fly to Sydney, but the plane is delayed on the tarmac. It’s 2019: Charlie’s tightly contained Wellington life with her grandson Tommy is interrupted by the unexpected intrusions of Tommy’s first girlfriend, Jenna, and the father he has never known, Jim. The year turns, and everything changes again. Loop Tracks is a major New Zealand novel, written in real time against the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic and the New Zealand General Election and euthanasia referendum. About the Author: Sue Orr is the author of two books of short stories, Etiquette for a Dinner Party and From Under the Overcoat, and the novel The Party Line. Etiquette for a Dinner Party won the Lilian Ida Smith Award in 2007, and From Under the Overcoat was shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards 2012, and won the People’s Choice Award. In 2011, she was a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow. Sue teaches creative writing at Victoria University in Wellington, and holds a PhD and Masters in Creative Writing from that university. In 2016, she established a creative writing programme for Women’s Refuge in Auckland. On moving to Wellington in 2018, she joined the Write Where You Are Charitable Trust to teach creative writing in Wellington prisons and women’s refuges.