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Catherine Chidgey

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Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey is an award-winning and bestselling New Zealand novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, In a Fishbone Church, won the Betty Trask Award, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Golden Deed was Time Out’s book of the year, a Best Book in the LA Times Book Review and a Notable Book in the New York Times Book Review. Her fourth novel, The Wish Child, was published in 2016 and won the 2017 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the country's richest literary prize.

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Latest reviews

  • “Powerful.”
    — The New York Times Book Review, Jul 15 2021
  • “The writing is beautifully wrought and the research a result of years of study. The novelist illustrates the senseless cruelty of the regime and portrays its characters convincingly, not as monsters but deluded, indulged and frightened victims of their own stupidity.”
    — The Jewish Chronicle, May 20 2021
  • “An extremely emotive and impactful story, set amidst a devastating historical episode that nevertheless provides an element of hope at its core. This book will stay with me for a long while yet: a magnificent accomplishment.”
    — Buzz Magazine, May 10 2021
  • “An insightful account of human nature set against the chaos of war. It is a moving examination of the human condition and well worth serious attention.”
    — Historical Novels Society, May 10 2021
  • “Are there new ways to tell stories of the Holocaust that are neither crass nor exploitative? In this moving and unusual novel, the New Zealand writer Catherine Chidgey shows that there are. Her novel is a fine achievement.”
    — The Sunday Times (UK), Apr 25 2021
  • ★ “With its multiple registers and complex view of humanity, this marks a vital turn in Holocaust literature.”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Mar 18 2021
  • Remote Sympathy is beautifully written and much easier to read [given] its subject matter. [The] historical context of Remote Sympathy feels real, and wears the weight of Chidgey’s years of detailed research lightly.”
    — The Spinoff NZ, Nov 2 2020

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