The Liminal Space

Book Author Jacquie McRae
Rights Available World excl. NZ

In a small village, there are whispers in the market square that William is not who he says he is. The say he skinny-dips and talks to trees. He was once a doctor, but now he only prescribes books – for Emily, Marco and James, whose lives have become entangled with his. Emily is in a troubled relationship and has spent most of her life sheltering in the library. James is coming undone as he struggles to live up to his father’s expectations. While Marco, who measures his self-worth by the size of his bank account, has returned to the village with nothing. They have all been thrown into a liminal space and can no longer stay as they are. This is a tale about the power of stories – especially the ones we tell ourselves.

About the Author
Jacquie McRae
(Tainui) has a Master of Creative Writing with Honours and received a Michael King Māori Writers residency in 2018. She had previously completed Te Papa Tupu mentoring programme where she worked on her first novel, a young adult fiction, The Scent of Apples, which received a Gold in the IPPY Awards 2012 and was selected for the White Ravens list of outstanding international books for children and young adults in the same year.


Huia Publishers


110 mm x 180 mm



Contemporary Fiction

Age range

Publication Date
January 2020

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Eboni Waitere

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A cohesive novel that weaves together different compelling stories, taking a bite-sized approach to storytelling that works extremely well. The distinctive voices of each character are a joy, and the interweaving of these separate tales is especially well done. The dark elements of the novel, such as partner violence, are handled with a great deal of sensitivity, while the dominant theme is that people who need people are the luckiest.

NZ Booklovers Awards 2022

'I loved that each of the four characters are so different and perfectly executed in first person, which allows us an insight into a range of issues including denial, depression, anxiety and narcissism– each finely drawn out.

Kirsty Powell, author of The Strength of Eggshells