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By Kelly Ana Morey

Quinine

Vienna, 1903: Thirty-three-year-old Marta Mueller, natural historian and talented artist, meets Bernard Schmidt, a copra planter from German East Neuguinea (now Papua New Guinea) who is looking for a wife. For Marta, who longs to travel the world, Bernard is a window of opportunity and a chance to start anew.

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Vienna, 1903: Thirty-three-year-old Marta Mueller, natural historian and talented artist, meets Bernard Schmidt, a copra planter from German East Neuguinea (now Papua New Guinea) who is looking for a wife. For Marta, who longs to travel the world, Bernard is a window of opportunity and a chance to start anew.

A few months later Marta is married and sailing for the Pacific. Her new husband’s friends are a strange group: Australians, Sāmoans, Europeans and natives mix uneasily and unconventionally in the hot, humid, and unstable environment of German-ruled Neuguinea. Marta must find her feet, and herself, far away from her family during her marriage and, later, the British-Australian conquest and formation of Papua New Guinea.

Eventually, Marta finds a real, if unconventional love, and achieves greater success in her artistic and scientific work than she might ever have dreamed.

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  • ISBN: 9781869694319
  • Dimension: 140 x 220 mm
  • Pages: 200
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 01 Sep 2010

Product Review

"The novel is colourful stuff...Part of the enjoyment of rummaging in the historical dress-up box is that those clothes look so different on our modern selves."Jolisa Gracewood - Metro magazine
"...most dazzling is the storytelling itself. As a narrator, Morey hops deftly between character, time and place to pen a tale with superb twists and gender-bending turns...this is a sensational book, perhaps the best New Zealand novel I've read in years."Rachel Wallis - Sunday Star Times

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About the Author

Kelly Ana Morey

Kelly Ana Morey (Ngāti Kurī) is an award-winning writer whose previous novels include Bloom, which won the New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church Award for Best First Work of Fiction at the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, Grace is Gone, which was a finalist in Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize 2005, and On an Island, With Consequence D... Read More

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