Subject: General Fiction
Itís election day in contemporary New Zealand. A young father confronts a teenage burglar. A psychologistís political stand threatens to see him driven from the university community. A staffroom argument flares up Ė does a play≠ground fight warrant a studentís expulsion? A young girl sets about mending her broken heart, a skinhead riot erupts and Richard, the biology lecturer at the heart of this simmering forty-eight hours, must deal with the secret which compels them all, unknowingly, to the same conclusion.
In Acid Song, an absorbing and darting novel, a varied cast of characters is linked by chance and circumstance. With a powerful, addictive intensity Bernard Beckett composes a corrosive song of our times.
'A stunning novel of addictive intensity.'
Reviewers Comments ...
ĎAll too rarely are New Zealand readers invited to a party of such erudite, sophisticated and enlightening ideas. Acid Song is one of those stimulating evenings that make the hangover worthwhile' - Sunday Star Times, 2008
'The dialogue-driven narrative romps along...' - The Press, 2008
Runner-up in the Fiction category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009