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Nothing to See

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Nothing to See
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Pip Adam
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Pages:384
Category/GenreOckham Longlist Titles
Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction
ISBN/Barcode 9781776563159
ClassificationsDewey:823.92
Audience
General

Publishing Details

Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Publication Date 11 June 2020
Publication Country New Zealand

Description

It's 1994. Peggy and Greta are learning how to live sober. They go to meetings and they ring their support person, Diane. They have just enough money for one Tom Yum between them, but mostly they eat carrot sandwiches. They volunteer at the Salvation Army shop, and sometimes they sleep with men for money. They live with Heidi and Dell, who are also like them. It's 2006. Peggy and Greta have two jobs: a job at a call centre, and a job as a moderator for a website. They're teaching themselves how to code. Heidi and Dell don't live together anymore, and Dell keeps getting into trouble. One day, Peggy and Greta turn around and there's only one of them. It's 2018. Margaret lives next door to Heidi and her family. She has a job writing code that analyses data for a political organisation, and she's good at it. Every day she checks an obsolete cellphone she found under her bed, waiting for messages. She struggles to stay sober. Then, one day, there are two of them again, both trying to figure out where they have come from. Nothing to See is a compelling, brilliantly original novel about life in the era of surveillance capitalism, when society prefers not to see those who are different, and the line between reality and simulation feels dissolvingly thin.

Author Biography

Pip Adam has published a collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For (VUP, 2010) and the novels, I'm Working on a Building (VUP, 2013), The New Animals (VUP, 2017), and Nothing to See (VUP, 2020). The New Animals won New Zealand's top fiction prize in 2018, the Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas. In 2012 Pip received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award and her first book Everything We Hoped For won the NZ Post Best First Book award in 2011. Pip facilitates writing workshops in universities and other settings including with people affected by crime in prisons and communities. Pip makes the Better off Read podcast where she talks with authors about writing and reading. 'Pip Adam is one of the most exciting new writers around.' Damien Wilkins. 'Adam knows how to brew a story to its essence and to infuse an emotional undercurrent that is deeply affecting' - Paula Green, NZ Herald