'There are . . . moments of tender beauty' - New Zealand Herald
A wonderfully surprising, inventive and deeply moving riff on fact and fiction, history, opera and imagination from one of New Zealand's finest and most memorable storytellers.
Parihaka is the place Erenora calls home, a peaceful Taranaki settlement overcome by war and land confiscation. As her world is threatened, Erenora must find within herself the strength, courage and ingenuity to protect those whom she loves. And, like a Shakespearean heroine, she must change herself before she can take up her greatest challenge and save her exiled husband, Horitana.
There has never been a New Zealand novel quite like The Parihaka Woman. Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, it sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s.
“There are . . . moments of tender beauty”
Michael Larsen, New Zealand Herald
“"richly imaginative and original" "surprising, inventive and deeply moving" "'The Parihaka Woman confirms Witi Ihimaera as one of New Zealand's finest and most memorable storytellers"”
Tararua District Library
“"a fun dash through 19th-century New Zealand, speckled with adventure"”
Jolene Williams, Bay of Plenty Times