‘Attraction peels back the landscape to reveal deeper truths. The writer is right inside her material – a road trip that delivers a political and sexual coming-of-age narrative. The book is a slow-burning fuse that brims with intensely felt experience. Porter is an exciting new talent.’—Lloyd Jones
‘Attraction abounds with sharp imagery, intergenerational relationships and the natural, historic and domestic environments of modern New Zealand. Ruby Porter is a gifted new writer.’—Patricia Grace
‘Attraction is an exquisite story…The prose is emotive and artistic…Attraction is impossible to put down…It is a brilliant, beautiful novel.’—Booksellers NZ
‘A coming-of-age story that is full of evocative sketches of the North Island’s landscapes.’—Traveller magazine
‘[T]ackling a complex, fraught topic – the very essence of what it is to be a New Zealander – with courage, style and insight.—Stuff New Zealand
‘Not a word is wasted. Imagery is of the sharpest level. There is so much to love about this angry, meditative novel that reading it is almost an act of catharsis.'—The AU Review
'Porter's style is spare, immediate and pared back...[A]n intriguing new voice.'—Overland Literary Journal
The present reckons with the past in Attraction. Porter’s unnamed narrator is on a road trip across New Zealand with her friends Ashi and Ilana, haunted by the specter of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, her complicated family background and New Zealand’s colonial history. Jealousies intensify as the young women work out who they are and who they might become.