EBOOK / KINDLE Lifting by Damien Wilkins Ö Damien Wilkins

An enjoyable read but a story that got a bit lost along the way I liked the set up over the first 23 of the book eccentric uirky interesting characters in a well drawn Wellington environment However I felt the last 13 of the book started to drift a little lose focus It seemed to be trying but failing to address serious themes in a light hearted way And that cover is just dreadful I enjoyed reading about Wellington and the narrator was complex and interesting Cutty s department store oldest Department Store In The store in the icon of Wellington city epitome of tradition class gentility a bygone age is shock gasp closing It s just a shop you may well think but no for Wellington where this novel is set Cutty s is an institution part of the city s landscape a destination almost a hallowed space For those who work there many of whom have been there for many many years the closure in two short months is a catastrophe This is the story of what happens when the rug is uite literally pulled out from under those who work at Cutty s those who take pride and joy in the Work They Do And In they do and in place they work It is than obvious that the fictional Cutty s is based on the factual Kirkaldie and Staines which closed last year after 153 years in business Like the author I too grew up in Lower HuttWellington and have very strong memories as a child of making school holiday visits to the city going to the big three department stores DIC James Smiths and the best of the lot Kirks My mother greeted by the smartly attired doorman stepping with great trepidation onto the old narrow escalators a real live lift attendant afternoon tea with my Gran Then as. Amy is a store detective at Cutty’s the oldest and grandest department store in the country She’s good at her job She can read people and catch them But Cutty’s is closing down Amy has a young baby an ailing mother and a large mortgag. ,
A student and lowly paid worker in the 1980s after all the revamps daring to tread the grand spiral staircase with its gold handrails the grand piano in the middle of it all the very posh and beautifully Groomed Sales People Intimidating The Daylights Out sales people intimidating the daylights out me as I carefully and delicately trawled my way through the overpriced racks and avoided the even scarier make up counters I remember taking my small daughters to the toy department beautiful Some really funny dialogue uite an unusual book with enjoyable characters LIFTING is one of those books that is charming slightly eccentric sad happy and wonderfully engaging Set primarily within the walls of the oldest department store in New Zealand Wellington s Cutty s is an institution that s been marked for closure Non New Zealander Wellington readers will be forgiven if you can t help but feel this is a real place renamed for the purposes of fiction as there is so much about the store and it s history and the affection that the staff and customers have for it that feels real and very heart felt For those on this side of the ditch there s something vaguely Georges about the place right down to the staircase and if they didn t have a piano being played in the foyer than they jolly well should have But marked for closure didn t have a piano being played in the foyer than they jolly well should have But marked for closure s is and the staff who work there are confronted with the short lead in time of a couple of months to get used to the ideaThe story evolves from the point of view of Amy store detective her four years at the store is nothing compared to the life long service of many employees But she really likes the job loves the store and she s pretty good at what she does E She also has a past as an activistThis compelling novel opens in a police interview room with Amy narrating the weeks leading up to the chaotic close of Cutty’s a time when the store moves from permanent feature to ruin and when people. N the home front she s married recently had a child and only just gone back to work With a very ill recently had a child and only just gone back to work With a very ill and all the problems of balancing child care home life and work Amy s voice is beautifully done in this novel She s got than enough to deal with without throwing in very done in this novel She s got than enough to deal with without throwing in very in the stage a suprise dead bodyBut really LIFTING isn t about crime It s about people and lives lived and pasts presents and futures It s about disruption and change and slipping standards and chaos At work at home and in small ways as well as major Losing your job is chaotic especially through no fault of your own Losing your job when getting it in the first place was a Minor Miracle Is Even Unsettling And Amy S Background As miracle is even unsettling and Amy s background as activist means her boss really took a chance on her as a detective The fallout through family relationships and everything is hard to avoid as is the loss of friendships and working relationships establishedFor something that s addressing chaos LIFTING has a gentle laid back soft styling Which makes some of the revelations even elegantly done From activist to store detective from young single woman to mother wife and worker Amy s journey is laid out in a most engaging manner Surrounding her with some wonderfully colourful characters made it even better and frankly some of the revelations into how people go about shoplifting were staggering international cabin crew uniforms and all A little on the eccentric side LIFTING is a really lovely little novel full of great insight humour sadness and joy I m not 100% sure I d call it crime fiction but it s certainly entertaining fictionhttpswwwaustcrimefictionorgrevi builds up real nic. Under stress do strange things An intense exploration of the moment when the solid ground of a life is taken away this swiftly told novel shows again how unerringly and vividly Damien Wilkins traces the stress fractures of contemporary livi. Lifting by Damien Wilkins

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