McIndoe: Dunedin, 1988

My instinct has always been to stay close to the ground, though my yearning has always been to fly.

Nicolas Day is raised by his grandparents under the shadow of Mount Taranaki and the “ghostly, ambiguous” figures of his parents.  There is a photograph of his father, but none of his mother, and a conspiracy of silence surrounds them both.  Since Nicolas’s grandparents were both migrants from “the old country” and he is an orphan in his own, the theme of separation and loss finds expression at both the level of history and biography. 

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