Glass Houses and other stories

Karen Phillips


The second collection from award-winning Ahipara author Karen Phillips.

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About the book

A crash site memorial for a daughter is disturbed by road workers, a son goes missing after an earthquake, a husband struggles with his wife going into dementia care, grandparents meet-up with a grandchild they lost contact with when his parents divorced, a late-in-life relationship is broken apart when his health declines, a couple who lease out their basement flat discover a former tenant has been linked to a murder …

Each of Karen Phillips’ stories is like the glass houses in the title story – small pieces, some opaque and some translucent, that offer glimpses of ordinary families whose lives are coming apart, sometimes in ways imperceptible to the outside eye. Memories of a kinder past are one way to pull things back together and simple humanity is another, but sometimes the answer is where you least expect it.

About the author

Karen Phillips began writing in 2009, winning the Katherine Mansfield Novice Award and the Heartland Competition that year. Her stories have been published in Takahē, Flash Frontier and the Fresh Ink anthologies. Her debut short story collection A Question of Blood was published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa in 2017. She lives in Ahipara in the far north on a hill overlooking the sea, with her husband, twenty olive trees, a hive of bees and a big black Labrador.


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm
Number of pages: 180
Binding: soft cover

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