Kate Duignan


ISBN: 9780864734174

A young woman and the baby she didn’t plan, an older woman and the daughter she might lose, are brought together by the accidents of life in this moving first novel.

In her first year of university Ella finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, and coincidentally finds herself a comfortable place in the home of a new friend, Tessa. But no sooner is the baby born than Tessa is seriously injured in a car accident, and as her mother, Louise, struggles to cope, Ella becomes more withdrawn and preoccupied. Relationships become strained and then sundered — until finally a chance moment of reconciliation in Louise’s Breakwater Café.

is an astonishingly confident and graceful first novel which deals with the major dilemmas of life and family.

Praise for Breakwater

Breakwater is an astonishingly polished and confident first novel.

...Duignan’s first novel proves that she is already an accomplished writer who has a good grasp on the interior lives of contemporary New Zealanders.
Gilbert Wong NZ HERALD

...one of the most enjoyable novels of the year.
Chris Bourke NORTH & SOUTH

It is an impressivley confident debut. With an unerring ear, she knows when to leave her characters alone and when to intervene as narrator. ... It is the novel’s great strength that it asks the reader to think about the way in which contemporary families are configured.
Jane Stafford NZ LISTENER

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