Tawa au­thor’s new book tack­les touchy sub­ject

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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