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REVIEWED BY WILLIE CAMPBELL
Daisy Buchanan, an award-winning journalist and non-fiction writer has taken the plunge into fiction with this novel. It sits comfortably in three genres: romance novel, erotic literature and coming-of-age story.
She reflects constantly on her behaviour, its causes and its contribution to relationships.
Violet is a rounded and complex character and we see all others through her eyes as they are simply foils for her own personality development. Central in this are a couple, Simon and Lotte, who tempt Violet with promises of an exciting position in a start-up art agency they are developing. In the interim, she becomes a participant in regular group sex with them and two other couples. This is brought to a critical challenge on holiday in a luxury resort when Violet leaves the group and returns home.
Two of the women contact her and offer advice and explanations, while a final meeting with Simon and Lotte convinces her to abandon their company.
Buchanan, who has used varying pace and astutely judged disclosure to keep the story credible, slows and expands the descriptions of the protagonist’s reflections. And ultimately Violet makes progress towards finding herself.
Willie Campbell is a Dunedin educator