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Homegrown Books: The Strength of Eggshells

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Bronwyn Calder recommends The Strength of Eggshells by Kirsty Powell - Cloud Ink Press, 2019

Kirsty Powell grew up in Eketahuna and now lives in South Auckland.

When she is not writing or farming

she contracts as an Occupational Health Physiotherapist to local industries.


Set in the isolated and eerie Whanganui River region, The Strength of Eggshells is the story of three generations of women whose lives are shadowed by the heart break and loneliness of Post-World War I settlement in the Mangapurua Valley.

The present day heroine, Meredith, returns to the bleak site of her grandmother’s barren marriage and her mother’s devastating injuries as she pieces together who she is. In the end she discovers she can decide who she is and whose child she is.

In the tradition of New Zealand Gothic (tough farm women and broken men) The Strength of Eggshells adds wit and humanity to tell a story that, after much grief, ends on a note of hope and new beginnings.

The Strength of Eggshells won the NZ Booklovers Award 2020.

The Strength of Eggshells is available in paperback from local bookshops, the Cloud Ink Press online shop and Amazon.

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