Author(s): Julian Novitz
At 11.06 pm, on 6 September 2001, eighteen year old Shane stands near the house of his girlfriend's father, staring at the hilt of a sword stabbed into the ground. The next morning, his best friend Will is sitting in a police station, trying to explain the tangled relationship between him, Shane and Shane's girlfriend Eileen.
Ten years later, Eileen is living in a distant city under an assumed name. As she faces the tenth anniversary of the murder that re-defined her life, she is confronted by a young woman who claims to be the little sister that Eileen abandoned, all those years ago ...
And, on the morning of 7 September 2001, a failed teacher and father wakes up on his couch, unaware of what has transpired the night beforeand that he alone holds the key to these past and future events.
How much do we know about the people closest to us? How much do we know about ourselves? Clever, creepy and compelling, Little Sister explores ideas of absent fathers, motivation and identity, while building to an unexpected climax.
Julian Novitz was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Melbourne. He has completed a PhD in creative writing and literary studies at the University of Melbourne, and has taught courses in creative writing, literature and communications at the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, and the Swinburne University of Technology. He has published a collection of short stories and a previous novel. He is the winner of the New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church Best First Book of Fiction Award (2005), The Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction (2008) and a recipient of the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Residential Writing Fellowship (2009). He is also one of the editors of 'The Geek Mook', a new anthology of Australian writing due to be released by Vignette Press in late 2011.