Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry


Set in Otago, a triangle of three damaged individuals search for identity and belonging that leads them into dangerous territory.

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Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand’s southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals – a sculptor, a vagrant and a model – who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable – both physically and emotionally – to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free – or destroy them.

“Powerfully evokes the landscapes and seasons of inland Otago.” Owen Marshall.

Winner of the IPPY Gold Award, Australia/New Zealand – Best Regional Fiction 2018

Reviewed in the NZ Listener by David Hill – 10 Nov 2017

Cloud Ink author, Thalia Henry, reads from her novel ‘Beneath Pale Water.’ (Youtube – 4.03)


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