Oracles & Miracles

Oracles & Miracles

A Novel

Book - 1987
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Fag and Ginnie, two working class sisters growing up in Christchurch in the 1930s and 1940s, look at their lives, describing their family life, their schooling, and their fantasies. Fag and Ginnie are in fact the author's own mother and sister, although this is not revealed in the book.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin, 1987.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Oracles and miracles


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Fag and Ginnie, two sisters growing up in working-class Christchurch in the 1930s and 1940s look at their lives, describing their family, their schooling, and their fantasies.

This is the story of the lives and aspirations of two sisters, Ginnie and Fag, growing up in working-class South Christchurch in the 1930s and 1940s. This novel, the first in a family trilogy, has a strong historical documentation lean to it.

In the 1930s and 40s Ginnie and Fag grow up in working-class Christchurch. Their story continues in the sequels The shining city and Mum.

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May 06, 2011

I read this book in high school for NCEA English, and loved it. A well-written journey into the past. Even though it's set in 1930s and 1940s Christchurch, there are elements that could be Christchurch today.

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