Author(s): Charlotte Grimshaw
"You could look back after a long time and ask, who wanted what from whom?" A man confronts death after an operation, a devout Christian encounters a man who hurt her long ago, a secretary uncovers her boss's secret shame. And in a house in Auckland an elderly woman is writing the last book of her life, one which, she says, contains all of her crimes. How are the characters connected and who is writing the stories? Each of these astute stories is an inspection of motive, rich in vivid insight into a diverse range of lives. Together, they form a unified whole. Opportunity is a book about storytelling, about generosity and opportunism; above all it is a celebration of the subtleties of human impulses, of what Katherine Mansfield called the LIFE of life.
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2008. Shortlisted for Frank O'Connor Prize 2007.
Charlotte Grimshaw is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Provocation and Guilt, published in Britain and New Zealand, Foreign City, published in New Zealand in 2005, and a short story collection, Opportunity. She has been named by the NZ Listener as one of the ten best New Zealand writers under forty. In 2000 she was awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship for literature. She has been a double finalist and prizewinner in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story competition, and in 2006 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield award for short fiction.