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Powerfully written tragic story of alcohol, violence, loss of identity and dysfunctionality in Maori community, 200 years after colonial conquest.
Context is everything but this novel goes beyond helping one understand the presence of such hopelessness and violence in the Maori and other First Peoples of the world. The novel takes us into the darkness and impact of alcohol and violence on communities and social cohesion. Along the way we are introduced to community solidarity in Two Pines, and to the Heke family: Grace - an adolescent lost in tragic circumstances; Jake - the father whose loss of identity and role suffuses the dysfunctional family; and Beth - resilient mother who reaffirms centrality of community and hope.
Powerfully written, beautifully narrated, informative insights into Maori communities and culture. Worth reading whether to enter the world of the Maori (and many other Indigenous Peoples worldwide); to understand the impact of alcohol and violence on families; or to connect with under-classes everywhere and appreciate the challenge of transforming the trajectory of difficult lives...
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