The collection of stories in this book focuses on the lives of ordinary people from Christchurch, New Zealand, who have had to cope with the devastation caused by the earthquake that struck the city on September 4, 2010. Going beyond the physical damage caused by the earthquake, this book highlights the stoicism of the people of Christchurch as they dealt with the ongoing aftershocks and undertook rebuilding their city and their lives. From tales of innovation in times of adversity to those of grief and loss, this moving, poignant, revealing, and healing account interviews people from various backgrounds who, despite their differences, are now united by a common experience.
Fiona Farrell is an award-winning writer of poetry, short fiction, plays, and novels. Her short fiction has won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award, the American Express Award, and the Mobil Dominion Sunday Times Award. She is the author of Limestone, Mr. Allbones' Ferrets, and The Pop-Up Book of Invasions, and her poems have been regularly selected for the annual online anthology Best New Zealand Poems. Juliet Nicholas is a photographer who has been recording the life and culture of New Zealand for more than 20 years.