Pru Blandwood is about to turn fifty. She’s rich, white, polite, entitled, snobbish. So is her husband Guy. It’s autumn, 2009. Pru has been married to Guy for a quarter of a century. She hasn’t had sex for ten years. ‘Why the hell do I live my life this way?’ she finds herself thinking. ‘I mean – really!’
Change comes out of the blue when odd old Uncle Bertie dies in Samoa and leaves his property to Guy. On a whim, the couple decide to go and take a look at what they know must be a tropical paradise. Not their usual stamping ground, you understand. Europe has always been the centre of their world. Europe, and Canterbury.
Daringly, they fly to Apia.
Pru soon finds herself thinking things, feeling things, doing things she’s never till now come close to thinking, feeling, doing.
‘Are we just an ornamental waste of space , d’you think, sweetheart?’ she asks Guy one day in Samoa.
Pru goes troppo is a comic novel about the ups and downs of two people who are privileged parasites, yet curiously innocent. Among the themes explored in the story are class, gender, colonialism and neo-colonialism, ageing and belonging.