Men wake floating in their tents as a river scales its banks.
Four girls gather around a Ouija board as a boy crouches at a window.
A woman visits the man who took her prisoner as a girl.
A boy decides to become a sinner as he tramps out of Reefton in the last of daylight.
The remarkable stories in Tough tunnel back and forth between the West Coast's present and its gold-mining past. They explore rugged lives lived out against rugged landscapes. But the stories also find moments of grace, solace and unlikely triumph. With unflinching honesty and dramatic flair, Amy Head gives us a new view of a place and a people on the margins.
NZ POST BOOK AWARDS 2014 - NZSA best first book Winner
Amy Head was born in 1976. She grew up in Hamilton, Auckland and Christchurch, all the while visiting the West Coast for summer holidays. In 2010 she returned from a long stint in London to complete her MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University. That year she started Tough, which is her first book.