A Can of Sunshine
Nancy has gone from NY to NZ and lives a peaceful life with her Kiwi husband, Mike, and their seven-year-old daughter, Chloe - until a holiday escape to Fiji takes an unexpected turn. Over the next decade she will have to deal with both the fall-out and her idiosyncratic mother-in-law, Edith. Against a backdrop of time passing, life serves up light and darkness, tears, joy and illumination when the three generations of women least expect it.
Born in Connecticut to an Italian mother and a Belgian father, author Christine Leunens travelled widely in Europe, Africa and Asia before becoming a Kiwi and settling permanently in New Zealand. Her first novel, Primordial Soup, was published by Dedalus in the UK in 1999 and won praise in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent and The Publishers' Weekly - and was put on the essential reading list of contemporary literature by the Government Association of UK Libraries. Her second novel, Caging Skies, was published by Random House New Zealand in 2008, and the French translation was shortlisted for the Prix FNAC and the Prix Medicis. A film adaptation by Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit, made the Black List 2012 and has been structured as a German/ American/ New Zealand co-production with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission. In 2008 she received a Victoria University of Wellington Doctoral Scholarship to write a third novel, A Can of Sunshine, which received a grant from Creative NZ to finalise for publication. Her novels have been translated into French, Spanish, Catalan, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Russian and Korean. She lives with her family in the Manawatu and is working on a fourth novel.