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Longisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize 2020.

The present reckons with the past in Attraction, Ruby Porter’s atmospheric debut novel.

Three women are on a road trip, navigating the motorways of the North Island, their relationships with one another and New Zealand’s colonial history. Our narrator doesn’t know where she stands with Ilana, her not-quite girlfriend. She has a complex history with her best friend, Ashi. She’s haunted by the memory of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. And her period’s now weeks late.

Attraction is a meditative novel of connection, inheritance and the stories we tell ourselves. In lyrical fragments, Porter explores what it means to be and to belong, to create and to destroy.


by Ruby Porter


ISBN: 9781925773552

Published: May 2019

Format: Paperback, 288 pages

Ruby Porter

Prose writer, poet, artist and teacher Ruby Porter is widely published in journals and tutors creative writing at The University of Auckland. She was the inaugural winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize for her debut novel Attraction, which she wrote for her Master of Creative Writing thesis, University of Auckland.