Author: Beryl Fletcher
Publisher: Spinifex Press
The Silicon Tongue is centred on the life and times of London-born Alice who was brought to New Zealand as a servant in the 1930s. Tricked by the authorities into believing that she was an orphan, Alice tells her story into the tape recorder of a mysterious oral historian and discloses family secrets of rape and adoption. She discovers a kinship with a teenage nethead called Pixel and learns that old women can fly in cyberspace along with the young. Meanwhile, Alice's daughter Joy, finds out that when it comes to family stories, there is always more than one version of the truth.