Queen of Beauty

Queen of Beauty

By  Paula Morris

Virginia Seton lives in rainy, seedy New Orleans, working as a researcher for an historical novelist with a "strip-mined" imagination. On a brief trip back to New Zealand for her sister's wedding, Virginia is drawn into the family secrets, lies and tensions of both the past and the present.

Spanning three generations of a large Pakeha/Maori family in a narrative that skilfully handles interwoven stories and multiple voices, Queen of Beauty explores the fragility of truth, the elusiveness of the past, and the transcendent power of love.

“A stunning debut novel … Queen of Beauty had me mesmerised from the first words … a masterful work.”
– Penelope Bieder, New Zealand Herald
“Local debut of the year … a warm, unsentimental portrait of a family in all its confusion and conflicting stories.”
– New Zealand Listener

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October 3, 2002

Penguin (NZ Adult)

RRP $30.00

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December 3, 2004

Penguin eBooks (NZ Adult)

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