Isobar Precinct

Angelique Kasmara


An audacious debut novel set in the streets of Auckland.

“stylish, edgy and inventive” — Paula Morris

About the book

Who would you go back for?

Lestari Aris is a woman on the edge. Her tattoo studio on Karangahape Road is hammered by burglaries; the hangers-on in her life, from a teenage runaway to a married cop, are bonded to her for reasons she can’t fathom. And years after Lestari’s father disappeared, her Indonesian mother is still lost in a self-medicated blur.

When a murder in Symonds Street Cemetery whirls Lestari into the orbit of an unpredictable drug, she uncovers a decades-long covert clinical study targeting rough sleepers and others on the fringes – and its dark connections with her own life and history. Everything is connected: the past is circling. How far will Lestari go to save someone she loves?

Set in a vivid, grimy inner-city Auckland, Isobar Precinct is an audacious novel that explores perceptions of time and progress, and asks whether the past ever disappears. It also marks Angelique Kasmara as a writer to watch.

About the author

Angelique Kasmara has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. She was a finalist for the Michael Gifkins Prize, and won the Sir James Wallace Prize in 2016. Some of her fiction appears in Newsroom, Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand and A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices.

Angelique was born in Bandung and has lived and worked in Jakarta and Sydney. She now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau where she works as a communications manager, writer, translator and reviewer.


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm
Number of pages: 294
Binding: soft cover

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