Eddy, Eddy, by Kate de Goldi (A&U 2022)

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Eddy, Eddy is an absorbing and compulsive novel, loosely based on Dickens's A Christmas Carol, set in Christchurch post-quake. It traces 4 or 5 months in Eddy Smallbone's life two years after a significant and traumatic event in his life, which he is struggling to deal with. It's a novel that revels in language and character, as the reality of the past is slowly revealed to the reader, and the conclusion packs a real emotional punch. Wryly amusing and superbly literate, this is a tremendous novel.