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Patricia Grace's classic novel is a work of spellbinding power in which the myths of older times are inextricably woven into the political realities of today.

In a small coastal community threatened by developers who would ravage their lands it is a time of fear and confusion – and growing anger. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people's struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk. When dramatic events menace the marae, his grief and rage threaten to burst beyond the confines of his twisted body. His all-seeing eye looks forward to a strange and terrible new dawn.
Patrica Grace's second novel is a work of spellbinding power in which the myths of older times are inextricably woven into the political realities of today.
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Reviews

'One of those books that is never forgotten . . .' — Lydia Wevers, Listener

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'Delicate in its blend of prose and poetry, yet powerful in its statement of cultural identity, this chronicle of a Maori whanau expertly weaves together the timelessness of Maori mythology with contemporary realities.' — Miriama Evans, The Dominion

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'Patricia Grace is an extraordinary storyteller. She writes with insight and with an intense sensitivity and spiritualty that is a rare treasure.' — Irene Absalom, Christchurch Star

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'Patricia Grace's writing is as delicate as Japanese brushwork, yet as poignant and throat-aching as the loss of a loved one.' — Arapera Blank, Listener

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'Grace's wonderful fiction shows us with truth, compassion and humour, the good and bad, ugliness and beauty, strength and fecklessness of contemporary Maori life.' — The Press

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'Patricia Grace displays the kind of mastery that comes only from years of writing experience, patient observation and accumulated wisdom.' — Sunday Star-Times

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'She not only tells a remarkable narrative, but she does so beautifully with such remarkable style.' — Times Educational Supplement

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Also by Patricia Grace

Chappy
Ned and Katina: A True Love Story
Ned & Katina
Baby No eyes
Small Holes in the Silence
Watercress Tuna & the Children of Champion Street
Tu
Mutuwhenua
The Dream Sleepers
Waiariki
Electric City
Dogside Story
Sky People
The Sky People
Collected Stories: Patricia Grace
Cousins
The Kuia & The Spider

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Dragonfly In Amber
The Golden House
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Golden Age
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
A Long Way from Home
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Colombiano
The Light Between Oceans