This beautifully written new novel by Laurence Fearnley is about finding love in the most unlikely of places. Set in the southern South Island, it describes the unusual friendship formed between 62-year-old photographer Edwin and 22-year-old Matilda, whom he meets when shooting photographs for her wedding.
Brought together, Edwin and Matilda embark on a search for Edwin's mother, a woman he has long believed dead. The journey involves a series of agonising discoveries by Edwin, about his parents and what really happened years before. Their search takes them to a former TB sanatorium, where Edwin recalls childhood days and a mother who one day walked out of his life, to Franz Josef and a sister he never knew he had, and finally to a nursing home and the discovery of his elderly mother, where the novel ends.
Along the journey, Edwin and Matilda develop an intense relationship, which grows in ways neither of them could possibly have predicted. The growing, tentative intimacy between them is touching and compelling.