A Place to Stand by Helen McNeil


“I’ll never go back,” she said. “Never.”

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Sandra McLeod arrived as a child in Kawerau, New Zealand, with her British family. It was 1954. But the family’s hopes for a new and better life faltered in this raw timber town. At sixteen Sandra fled. All she took with her were numbness and denial.
Fifteen years later, a letter arrives and Sandra, now a successful real estate agent, knows she must go back. Back to her mother’s vacant eyes and the secrets of the McLeod family. Back to unpick her past and to learn about loss, grief, mothering – and perhaps a chance of finding home.
Set in a small town on the volcanic plateau of New Zealand, this poignant novel explores the cost of migration and what it means to find deep connection with place.

“A compelling and really quite haunting read from a new and distinctive voice in New Zealand fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” –Deborah Challinor, top selling author of the Children of War Trilogy, Isle of Tears (2009), Band of Gold (2010).


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