Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Cedar Valley (November 2018)

By Holly Throsby

December 5, 2018

‘He strolled down Valley Road, past the hairdresser and a small café.  A warm wind stirred, carrying with it the faint smell of pies and horses, and the man paused for just a moment before he sat down.  Benny Miller would have driven right past him in her station wagon on that bright and brimming day.’

On the first day of summer in 1993, two strangers arrive in the town of Cedar Valley.

One is a calm-looking man in a brown suit.  He makes his way down the main street and walks directly to Cedar Valley Curios & Old Wares, sitting down on the footpath, where he leans silently against the big glass window for hours.

The other is 21-year-old Benny Miller.  Fresh out of university, Benny has come to Cedar Valley in search of information about her mother, Vivian, who has recently died.  Vivian’s mysterious old friend, Odette Fisher, has offered Benny her modest pale green cottage for as long as she wants it.

Is there any connection between the man on the pavement and Benny’s quest to learn more about her mother?  Holly Throsby is the perfect guide as Cedar Valley and its inhabitant slowly reveal their secrets.

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