Tawa author’s new book tackles touchy subject
Tawa author Thomas Devine tackles a controversial subject in his fourth novel, A Halo of Strawberries.
The self-published thriller writer, a former senior public servant with the Department of Conservation, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2007 for Reversal Point. His latest effort was a departure from his usual style, he said, as he expressed a male perspective on abortion, a subject traditionally written about by women.
Peter Nugent, Halo of Strawberries’ lead character, does
Anot confront the morality of abortion until it touches his life personally, when his teenage granddaughter commits suicide after having the procedure. He struggles with his conscience, then with his heart.
Devine said: ‘‘In New Zealand we have largely swept the issue under the carpet. We mourn as a society for lives lost in road accidents and the like each year but we fail to mourn the many more lives lost through authorised terminations of pregnancies.’’ A Halo of Strawberries is available for purchase from createspace.com and Amazon.com.