Greta & Valdin


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$28.00  $26.04
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.91 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Rebecca K Reilly (Ngaati Hine, Ngaati Rehua Ngaatiwai ki Aotea), born 1991, is a Maaori novelist from Waitaakere, New Zealand. She has a BA (hons) in German and European studies from the University of Auckland and an MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, where she won the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing for 2019.


"Greta & Valdin is hilarious, touching and hotly sublime. The kind of novel that simultaneously makes me wish I were funnier and absolves me from the need to try--I'll never be as funny as Rebecca K Reilly (and that's ok)." --Julia Armfield, author of Our Wives Under the Sea

"Greta & Valdin feels somehow totally new and beautifully familiar at the same time, like the kind of book you've been longing to read your whole life. Part comedy of manners, part family epic and all contained within a compulsive, charming clutch of pages we couldn't put down. Both ruthless and hilarious, offering hope and a wink for queer romantics everywhere." --Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta, authors of The View Was Exhausting

"Heartwarmingly tender and raucously funny, with the sophistication of a Shakespearean comedy, Greta & Valdin is replete with swoonworthy queer romance, hilariously eccentric sibling hijinks and mature reckoning with the complexities of family heritage. A deliciously perfectly bittersweet delight." --Leon Craig, author of Parallel Hells

"Greta & 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

"Reilly cleanses the reader's palate with regular and astringent, Underberg-grade shots of self-deprecating humour, relatable insights, and antics that make you lol. Actual lol. . . I read greedily, satiating my hunger for narrative and conflict [and] fascinated with how Reilly examines desire and its complications without tragedy, just the one black eye." --Becky Manawatu, The Pantograph Punch

"This is a generous book. Generous in the humour it delivers; generous in its story about love lost, family, and our fragility and hurt; generous in its embrace of contemporary New Zealand. I read it during lockdown and. . . it reminded me that it is OK to find humour in difficult times, and to find joy and acceptance amongst a whole lot of mess. --Anna Rawhiti-Connell, The Spinoff

"Delightful, funny, wonderful . . . I laughed my way through this book. An incredible novel from a young new writer. I heartily recommend it to everybody." --Claire Mabey, Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

"Greta & Valdin is fresh, funny, tangled and brilliant. I can't wait for someone to make the sitcom so I can keep Reilly's characters in my life." --Hannah Tunnicliffe, Kete Books

"Reilly makes modern romance exciting and compelling in a way that reminded me of Sally Rooney. . . . Greta & Valdin is an amusing and vivacious romantic drama led by two hilarious and engaging queer main characters, and I don't think you could ask for much more from a novel in 2021." --Josie Shapiro, ReadClose