Tasting the strange
This perceptive account of a young girl’s journey from helpless invalid – her life controlled by elderly relatives – to adventurous young woman, embracing freedom and autonomy will capture the reader from the first page. – Terry Kennaway, Waikanae
Vita (Victoria) has ‘goldfish’ red hair and is bedridden. The child of a career scientist and an English pianist, she has a damaged heart. Unable to go outside, let alone go to school, she develops her own fantasy world of pirates and brigands.
After a life-saving operation, Vita slowly and painfully tries to be ‘normal’. She struggles with school and finds acceptance with school friend, Louise.
This coming of age story takes Vita on a drug-fuelled trip to Afghanistan to find her ‘father’ and enlightenment. Through her childhood ‘boy-next-door’ friend Bob and her relationship with Louise she comes to understand love.