Chloë Cooper

Chloë Cooper is a freelance writer, contributing editor at Peppermint magazine, and a bookseller at Avid Reader bookshop. 

Chloë Cooper reviews 'State Highway One' by Sam Coley

June–July 2020, no. 422 26 May 2020
Chloë Cooper reviews 'State Highway One' by Sam Coley
In this absorbing first novel – which won the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers – Sam Coley tells the story of Alex, a young Aucklander who returns home from abroad after the sudden death of his parents. Alex and his estranged twin sister, Amy, set off on a reluctant road trip through New Zealand to reconnect with each other and their home country. Moving backwards and forwards in time, ... (read more)

Chloë Cooper reviews 'Cherry Beach' by Laura McPhee-Browne

May 2020, no. 421 28 April 2020
Chloë Cooper reviews 'Cherry Beach' by Laura McPhee-Browne
How do you define love? How much of yourself do you need to sacrifice to keep a friendship afloat? And can we ever truly understand the inner workings of other people’s lives? These are some of the questions that Laura McPhee-Browne explores in Cherry Beach, a gentle tale of female friendship. The story is narrated by Ness, a shy young queer woman who is hopelessly in love with her straight bes ... (read more)