Huge Congratulations to Fiona Sussman!

Fiona is ‘feeling very excited’, and well she might. Her recently published novel, Another Woman’s Daughter (Penguin/Random House, 2015) is Book of the Day at Washington Public Libraries.

Never mind tweeting, this is something to crow about!

A former GP, she left clinical practice in 2003 to write in earnest. She said in 2012, “When not juggling life with two teenage kids or working alongside my surgeon husband to establish Auckland’s first charity hospital, I write.” Her first novel, Black Prism, was named joint winner of the Nemesis Debut Novel Competition (UK).

Fiona is a past contributor to takahē. Her short story, “Roading”, which was included in issue 76, was a sensitive and subtle story about the impact on the people of a small town of being bypassed by a motorway.

It is always very rewarding to see takahē writers succeed in the wider literary world. A little reflected glory, perhaps? Or does it just confirm for us all such things are possible?

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