Pip Adam’s writing has been described as ‘a kind of post-post modern fiction – nothing meta, no irony, no narrative arc, no insights or character transformations – the stories are flatline and searing and real’ (Helen Lehndorf, Palmerston North Library). Her diverse work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Overland. She has been runner up for the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition (2007), received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award (2012) and her first collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For won the NZ Post Best First Book Award (2011). Pip’s short story collection Everything We Hoped For and novel I’m Working on a Building are both published by Victoria University Press. She published her a second novel The New Animals in 2017. Several of Pip’s pieces, responding to visual art, have been published in conjunction with exhibitions. In addition, her words were used by photographer Ann Shelton in her installation House Work. In 2007 Pip gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University, followed by a PhD in 2012. Her PhD project explores how engineers describe the built environment. Pip is a books reviewer on RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan show and she produces Better off Read a podcast where she talks to writers and other artists about reading. She currently facilitates writing workshops in several universities and Arohata Women’s Prison where she works with the Right Here, Right Now collective.
Everything We Hoped For
Winner of the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for fiction 2011. Everything We Hoped For is an unusually strong first book, distinguished by an exquisitely crafted surface and barely contained emotional force. A young mother in shocked contemplation of her new baby and young women in rehab and jail feature in mostly short and oblique stories which echo and connect with cumulative power. A broad range of other characters, including a NZ serviceman returned from active duty in Dili, the employees of a $2 Shop and a vegan couple at a Samoan resort complete an impressive contemporary canvas. Pip Adam gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2007, and is currently enrolled for a PhD. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry and Blackmail Press. Everything We Hoped For won the NZ Post Best First Book Award in 2011 and is an unusually strong first book, distinguished by an exquisitely crafted surface and barely contained emotional force.
I'm Working on a Building
I'm working on a building HomeFictionI'm working on a building Image 1 Click to enlarge Price: $30.00 ISBN/SKU: 97680864738981 Author: Pip Adam Shipping: Calculated at checkout Quantity: Add To Cart Pin It DescriptionReviewsAlso Viewed Product Description mebook.gif October 2013 Everything becomes clearer in reverse – because sometimes, things have to be taken apart to be understood. In the near future, an exact replica of the world's tallest tower, Dubai's Burj al Khalifa, is being built on New Zealand's West Coast. It's an exercise in economic stimulation and national confidence-building after a run of natural and financial disasters. Catherine is the engineer in charge of making sure it all works. She feels there is something wrong in the plans. Or is there something wrong in her? I’m working on a building follows Catherine from the top of the tower to a geodesic dome in a park in London; from the Grand Lisboa in Macau to student accommodation in Wellington; from a South Auckland theme park to the Pompidou Centre; to reveal the way chance events can undo the best efforts of human beings to plan and build their lives and worlds. PIP ADAM gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2007, and a PhD in 2012. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine, Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Blackmail Press, and she received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award in 2012. Her collection of short stories won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction in the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards. "Pip Adam is one of the most exciting new writers around." Damien Wilkins.
The New Animals
Carla, Sharon and Duey have worked in fashion for longer than they care to remember. For them, there’s nothing new under the sun. They’re Generation X: tired, cynical and sick of being used. Tommy, Cal and Kurt are millennials. They’ve come from nowhere, but with their monied families behind them they’re ready to remake fashion. They represent the new sincere, the anti-irony. Both generations are searching for a way out, an alternative to their messed-up reality. Pip Adam’s new novel walks the streets of Auckland city now, examining the fashion scene, intergenerational tension and modern life with an unflinching eye. From the wreckage and waste of the 21st century, new animals must emerge. Cover art and design by Kerry Ann Lee. “Pip Adam is one of the most exciting new writers around.” Damien Wilkins. ‘Adam knows how to brew a story to its essence and to infuse an emotional undercurrent that is deeply affecting’ – Paula Green, NZ Herald
Nothing to See
Shortlisted for the 2021 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction JUNE 2020
It’s 1994. Peggy and Greta are learning how to live sober. They go to meetings and they ring their support person, Diane. They have just enough money for one Tom Yum between them, but mostly they eat carrot sandwiches. They volunteer at the Salvation Army shop, and sometimes they sleep with men for money. They live with Heidi and Dell, who are also like them.
It’s 2006. Peggy and Greta have two jobs: a job at a call centre, and a job as a moderator for a website. They’re teaching themselves how to code. Heidi and Dell don’t live together anymore, and Dell keeps getting into trouble. One day, Peggy and Greta turn around and there’s only one of them.
It’s 2018. Margaret lives next door to Heidi and her family. She has a job writing code that analyses data for a political organisation, and she’s good at it. Every day she checks an obsolete cellphone she found under her bed, waiting for messages. She struggles to stay sober. Then, one day, there are two of them again, both trying to figure out where they have come from.
Nothing to See is a compelling, brilliantly original novel about life in the era of surveillance capitalism, when society prefers not to see those who are different, and the line between reality and simulation feels dissolvingly thin.
'This is a total masterpiece. Gripping, weird, funny, close to the bone. An intense portrait of sobriety, a mystery, a scifi novel, an urgent book about living in our panoptical present. Somehow uses Rollercoaster Tycoon as a moving central metaphor.' —Dan Kois
'At its heart, this is a novel about shame, loneliness, about wanting to do good and hoping for second chances — or third or fourth chances. It’s about finding new ways of being. That it can cover all this, and be deeply affecting as it does so, while also pushing at the traditional limits of fiction, is a real achievement.' —Philip Matthews, ANZL
'wildly good . . . a fiery study in class and addiction and the boring exhausting grind of building a splintered life into something whole.'
—Catherine Woulfe, The Spinoff
'sharp and humane and not in the least sentimental' —Charlotte Grimshaw, Newsroom
'Just when you think you’ve cracked what is going on, Pip Adam turns everything in this dazzling novel inside out, leaving the reader momentarily disoriented but exhilarated.' —Judges' comments, 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards