Greta and Valdin

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Valdin is still in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi, who used to drive around Auckland in a ute but now drives around Buenos Aires instead. Greta is in love with her fellow English tutor Holly, who doesn’t know how to pronounce Greta’s surname: Vladisavljevic. From their Auckland apartment, brother and sister must navigate the intricate paths of modern romance as well as weather and the small storms of their eccentric Maori-Russian-Catalonian family. This beguiling and hilarious novel by Rebecca K. Reilly is set in a world that is deeply familiar (but also a bit sexier and more stylish than the real thing).

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‘Warm, witty and utterly idiosyncratic’ ALICE SLATER

Siblings Greta and Valdin have, perhaps, too much in common. They’re flatmates, beholden to the same near-unpronounceable surname, and both make questionable choices when it comes to love.

Valdin is in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi, who left the country because he thought he was making Valdin sad. Greta is in love with fellow English tutor Holly, who appears to be using her for admin support. But perhaps all is not lost. Valdin is coming to realize that he might not be so unlovable, and Greta, that she might be worth more than the papers she can mark.

Helping the siblings navigate queerness, multiracial identity, and the tendency of their love interests to flee, is the Vladisavljevic family: Maori-Russian-Catalonian, and as passionate as they are eccentric.

Rebecca K. Reilly’s exploration of love, family, karaoke, and the generational reverberations of colonialism will make you laugh, cry, and fall for the whole Vladisavljevic bunch.

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Weight 0.453 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 14.4 × 3.2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

352

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K