This anthology of New Zealand fiction, drawn from the last 15 years, maps both a literature and a society. Half the writers that emerged during the period covered are still active. Starting with Janet Frame, C.K. Stead and Maurice Gee, the collection goes on to explore the fabular modes of Maori fiction, as demonstrated by Keri Hulme and Witi Ihimaera. It also illustrates the growing strength of women in New Zealand fiction, represented by Sue McCauley, Fiona Kidman and Barbara Anderson, and closes with the nascent voices of the new wave of young writers, such as Damien Wilkins and Emily Perkins.