Living in the Maniototo
by Janet Frame
Paperback, 240 pages
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
$12.50 (Can $14.50)
Welcome to the comical, ironical, and multiple worlds of one Violet Pansy Proudlock (a ventriloquist), who is also known as Alice Thumb (a gossip and secret sharer of limited imaginings) and, at other times, as Mavis Furness Barnwell Halleton (a writer twice married). Through it all, Violet-Alice-Mavis chooses to be the entertainer, to make us laugh and cry, to be the ventriloquist who dares to enter the speech of others and expose them.
A comic, ironic and multi-layered journey through the world of a narrator who triples as a ventriloquist, gossip and writer.
Janet Frame is the author of eleven novels, among them the highly acclaimed A State of Siege, Faces in the Water, and The Carpathians, as well as several collections of stories and sketches, and one volume of poetry. She has been honored with many awards, including the New Zealand Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.