Meridee Bang is brought up in a house on Olivine Street with too many children and too little money. It's the 1960s and while The Patty Duke Show and I Love Lucy depict what life should be like, things are somewhat different in the Bang household. For Meridee the movie of her life is called Getting Dragged up on Olivine Street. In her world, family life is all about survival. Spanning the '60s, '70s and '80s, Bangs follows Meridee from her pre-school years to her early twenties. Bright, sharp and hopeful, Meridee is a witty but troubled commentator. Will she grow into the beautiful swan with oodles of money that she imagines? Or will she remain an ugly duckling, stuck forever in concrete-block Christchurch? In this new, bold novel Stevan Eldred-Grigg returns to the family at the centre of his bestselling Oracles and Miracles.
Stevan Eldred-Grigg, born on the back seat of a speeding taxi, grew up in a tumultuous household in suburban Christchurch and graduated with a doctorate in history from the Australian National University. Few contemporary New Zealand or Australian novelists have written about subjects so varied and challenging – and in such a variety of genres and styles. His first novel was the prizewinning Oracles and Miracles, subsequently adapted for stage and radio, and also the first major novel by a living New Zealand writer to be published in China. Stevan's latest novel, Bangs, is the fourth book in what has become a family saga over three generations, beginning with Oracles and Miracles and continuing in The Shining City and Mum. Other novels by the author are The Siren Celia, Gardens of Fire, Blue Blood, Kaput! and Shanghai Boy. Stevan Eldred-Grigg lives mostly in Wellington, teaches as well as writes, and has three sons. His website: www.eldred-grigg.com