Catherine Chidgey

New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: The Wish Child 

It’s been 13 years since award-winning author Catherine Chidgey released a new book.

Her fourth novel, The Wish Child, follows the lives of two families in Hitler’s Germany during World War II and is narrated by a mysterious figure.

While the Nazi atrocities happen off the page, this novel shows how ordinary people were swayed by obscene rhetoric and far-fetched lies.

It sounds all too familiar.

Known for her exquisite prose from In a Fishbone Church and Golden Deeds, Catherine’s latest offering has already been widely celebrated by reviewers.

The Wish Child reminds us with grace and understated wisdom of a need to strive for universal good. I ached as I read. This novel is unmissable.” – The Sunday Star Times.

To the point: Celebrated author/first book in years/families in Nazi Germany/mysterious narrator/new mum/writing lecturer/exquisite prose.

Sun, Sep 3, 2pm 

Libri Lounge 

60 minutes 

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