I am the Local Atheist
"Once I was hooked, it was a read I just wanted to get back to. The author describes life in a community that defines itself by its religious or atheist stance and where everyone is always a bit under some sort of social scrutiny. The characters have depth and we follow them with interest as they make us reflect on various aspects of life in a Kiwi town. For a first novel, Stubbs shows great skills. On the whole, the novel is well written: it is a pleasure to read."
- M (Amazon-fr reviewer)
In the dreary rain-soaked town of Invercargill where artists attempt to express themselves amidst conflicting interests of the galleries and those supporting them, where employment is the grind of industrialism appeasing the great capitalist dream, where fun is holed up in a warm bedroom playing video games, where escape is drifting further and further into the brain-numbing effects of drugs and alcohol; Christians try their hardest to get along with the local atheists.
Angry. Frustrated. Lonely. Unemployed.
Ready to begin again, ready to forget and leave all his past behind. But can he overcome the mistakes of his past, can he forgive himself? Or will he simply allow his ego to take control and decide all future decisions for him?
Fun, argumentative, sceptical to the core, but ultimately thoughtful about others. With no skills and little motivation to upskill himself, Lucas goes from job to job whether it's paid or unpaid, often voluntarily helping out, in order to pursue his own personal journey of discovery without being tied down to society's demands. But will Lucas-Anthony's concerns for not much more than his own desires be the ultimate bad influence on David?
Though she is well-meaning, Lisa's reappearance in David's life only brings back memories that are hard to deal with, and realisations that he will eventually have to confront. But Lisa has her own motivation for asking so many questions...
The new-to-Invercargill Christian girl who is sweet, kind, and ready to take on the challenge that God has presented her with, but will her human feelings threaten to divert her from God's chosen path?
On the Wings of Dreams
I needed a place to sleep. I could still run but I couldn’t run forever, and sooner or later these legs would no longer jump, no longer clamber and climb, and no longer hold up a torso exhausted from exertion. This ocean bred human flesh was not made for such flights of sudden escapes, but I struggled onwards putting as much distance between myself and the portside city as possible.
I tried not to think: squinting my eyes and shaking my head to avoid the splashes of water slapping at my face as though I really was responsible for what had happened, and I really deserved this punishment that I was running from...
All I wanted to do was hold her; to feel the curves of her body flow into mine. Have her knowing that comfort could be found in my arms. Or simply to feel something… Something other than hate.
Kristian needs this new job, he needs the cash, but he's just not sure to what end this job will lead him and whether or not he can deal with his co-workers. And to pile on top of that comes uncontrollable feelings for his manager. Will he come to terms with what the modern world demands of his time, or will his depression get the better of him and force him into a blinding corner of pain and frustration?