Greta and Valdin

Reilly, Rebecca K


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The modern world is too much for me. I feel like I’m George of the Jungle.’ – Greta
‘At the moment, for personal reasons, I don’t like reading things about people being in love with each other.’ -Valdin

Valdin is still in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi, who used to drive around Auckland in a ute but now drives around Buenos Aires in one. Greta is in love with her fellow English tutor Holly, who doesn’t know how to pronounce Greta’s surname, Vladisavljevic, properly. From their Auckland apartment, brother and sister must navigate the intricate paths of modern romance as well as weather the small storms of their eccentric Maori-Russian-Catalonian family. This beguiling and hilarious novel by Adam Foundation Prize winner Rebecca K Reilly owes as much to Shakespeare as it does to Tinder. Set in a world that is deeply familiar (but also a bit sexier and more stylish than the real one), Greta and Valdin will speak to anyone who has had their heart broken, or has decided that they don’t want to be a physicist anymore, or has wondered about all of the things they don’t know about their family. ‘Greta and Valdin is a complete world. I was totally captivated. It is warm and funny, inventive and charming, with a genuine and earned tenderness at its heart.’ -Kate Duignan, author of The New Ships and Breakwater

Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Imprint: Te Herenga Waka University Press
Publication date: 13/05/2021

Staff review

Greta and Valdin
by Rebecca K Reilly
Review by Bel

What a breath of fresh air for Kiwi literature! Such vivid characters, and what a perfectly imperfect family! This novel is a window into the life of a tertiary-educated, multi-cultural, queer twenty-something in urban New Zealand.

Reilly’s writing is whip smart, both joyful and snarky as hell, political without being overly earnest. It reminded me of Oscar Wilde – a modern-day comedy of manners. The dialogue is tight & snappy – everyone’s quick witted! I laughed out loud again and again. An absolute delight to see Auckland so vividly on the page too. Don’t miss this brilliant debut.