Greens and Greys
by Rosalie Sugrue
Paperback: 212 pages
Published: 22 June 2015
ISBN: NZ 9781927260432
ISBN: US 9781514702901
Product Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
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Book review published on Tui Motu Interislands Facebook page 12 August 2015
Journey with Molly Sinclair through her 1950s childhood on the West Coast, her move to Christchurch for teacher training, drama-filled OE in the UK and Europe, and as she returns to New Zealand in the mid-1960s. This engaging coming-of-age tale sweeps us along as she meets unexpected joys and overcomes life’s setbacks.
Journey with Molly Sinclair as she recounts her 1950s childhood on the West Coast, her move to Christchurch for teacher training, drama-filled OE in the UK and Europe, and as she returns to New Zealand in the mid-1960s. This engaging coming-of-age tale sweeps us along as she meets unexpected joys and setbacks. We also delve below the surface to confront small town and church attitudes to a gay brother, depression, sexual experimenting and sexual violence. Molly’s faith evolves over time from traditional understandings to a mature liberalism.
Molly’s heart warming story of growing up in New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s parallels that of many Pasifika young people, as they grapple with what it means to grow up today, while staying loyal to their family, church and culture. They too face issues of morality, sex, sin, suicide, homosexuality and all sorts of other unmentionables.
In Greens and Greys we find that we can meet and overcome life’s challenges, grow into a secure personal identity and develop a robust faith through trial, error and openness to learning.
Praise for Greens and Greys
“Thank you Rosalie for your passion for social justice. This book challenges us to think about complex issues that unfortunately are still very real today. It is thought-provoking and an ideal book for group discussion and dialogue. Each chapter brings to life questions and a reality we sometimes would rather avoid for fear of the unknown. We all have a responsibility to care and make a stand for life.”
Mataiva D. Robertson: Social Issues Convenor for Sinoti Samoa, Methodist Church of New Zealand
“Molly’s story will take you through experiences spiritual and sexual seldom talked about openly, but so often struggled with in silence. The skilful and insightful choice of words – both descriptive and sometimes disturbing – creates images and recalls memories for people of all ages. This book is engaging, informative, entertaining and challenging.”
Rev Loyal Gibson
About the Author
Rosalie May Sugrue is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is a retired teacher and motelier with a background in Bible study.
Rosalie has been active in Jaycees, the Methodist Women’s Fellowship, National Council of Women, the Churches’ Agency on Social Issues, Victim Support and U3A. She has plays, poems, prayers, Bible puzzles and articles published in many church magazines in NZ including a regular Bible Challenge puzzle in Touchstone. She also has work included in devotional anthologies in Canada, the UK and the US.
Also by Rosalie Sugrue from Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Theme Scheme offers you a wealth of creative ideas, activities, games, puzzles and quizzes to help plan, organise and lead your group’s programmes. All are fun and practical, requiring minimal equipment, resources and time to prepare.
Print ISBN: 9781495431654, ePub ISBN: 9781927260180, Kindle ISBN: 9781927260173
Lay preacher Rosalie Sugrue’s short plays and meditations are ideal to present in church. They encourage us to engage with Bible and historical characters, and explore important themes. Staging is simple. Few props or costumes are required.
Print ISBN 9781927260159, ePub ISBN: 9781927260128, Kindle ISBN: 9781927260111
Sarai, a Biblical Studies lecturer, learns a terrible truth; a core knowledge she must impart to a successor. Will she choose society wife, Jen, or bondage and discipine prostitute Kat? The lives of these two women collide in unexpected ways around Sarai, while in the wings lurk a coven of Wiccan witches, and the dark desires and dealings that threaten Jen’s husband, Wilkin. An explosive novel with a dramatic climax.
ePub ISBN: 9781927260203, Kindle ISBN: 9781927260210
Green, Ho! is an extended version of Greens and Greys that adds another dimension in the form of hidden disability.
Fiction, New Zealand, 1950s and 1960s, sexuality, coming of age, personal identity, faith, West Coast , Hokitika, Cobden, Greymouth, Christchurch. OE to UK and Ireland
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FA Modern and contemporary fiction (post c. 1945)
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