Golden Deeds tells the story of the middle-aged Patrick Mercer, lying unconscious in a hospital bed; of the teenaged Laura Pearse's disappearance and the grieving of her bereft parents; and the story of Colette, a young woman seeking a new life in a strange city. In warm, compassionate and beautiful prose, Catherine Chidgey delineates the connections which, however fragile, bind people together across continents and generations.
`Magnanimous and merciless, a work reminiscent at times of darkest Atwood . . . A witty and melancholy alchemy of heat and chill, a work of craft and fluency, which revitalizes the book in all its guises . . . for those who love books, Catherine Chidgey is a find' TLS
`One of my novels of the year . . . immensely satisfying . . . Superb' Time Out
Catherine Chidgey was born in New Zealand in 1970. She is the author of In a Fishbone Church (1999), for which she received the Betty Trask Award, Golden Deeds (2000) and The Transformation (2005). Catherine Chidgey now lives in Dunedin