A gripping drama about friendship, grief and nostalgia, set in the 1990s Auckland club scene. Debut fiction from award-winning New Zealand author of Ripiro Beach, Caroline Barron.
Nostalgic and tender as a bruise.' – Jacqueline Bublitz, Before You Knew My Name
Becky thought she'd left Zoe Golden and that summer far behind. Until now.
Set in 1995 against the backdrop of Auckland's burgeoning party scene, Golden Days is the story of an intense late-teens friendship between bookish Becky and star-dusted Zoe Golden, and what happened when one terrifying night changed their lives and destroyed their friendship forever.
After finding out that her husband has been cheating on her, Becky is mourning the end of her picture-perfect marriage at the bottom of a bottle. She thought she'd left that summer far behind, but the trauma of her present day brings back memories of the horrific night her brother died. With Zoe's reappearance, Becky is forced to reconsider her interpretation of events, as well as where blame lies, her true nature and her place in the world.
Music, clubs, art, collaboration, spirituality, sex – Golden Days is a thrilling and nostalgic ride into the past, where nothing is as it seemed.