Author(s): Fiona Sussman
One mild summer evening in rural New Zealand the lives of Carla Reid, a middle-aged farmer's wife, and Ben Toroa, an illiterate teen, brutally collide. Neither will be the same again, their futures forever linked. In the bleak aftermath of this home invasion, The Last Time We Spoke traces both Carla and Ben's journey as they each try to make sense of their new reality. Carla's long road from rage and resentment interleaves with Ben's time in prison as he hardens into manhood.Set again these parallel stories is also the voice of a Maori ancestor who looks down from Beyond, transporting the story to a wider historical stage. Many years after their first encounter, Carla and Ben's lives once more intersect, again with astonishing consequences.This is an astonishing story about two people trying to make sense of their broken lives. It is a provocative and dark tale, but ultimately one of hope and human possibility.
'A gripping story about grief and redemption' Sunday Mirror
Growing up in a publisher's home in South Africa, Fiona fell in love with language and the written word at an early age. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitised Fiona to the issues of injustice and racial prejudice. Fiona now lives in New Zealand.