Baby No-eyes

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University of Hawai'i Press, 1998 - Fiction - 294 pages
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Tawena and his sister are inseparable, in a relationship that is impossible for others to share. In fact his whole whanau is bonded by secrets, a genealogy stitched together by shame, joy, love, and sometimes grief.Patricia Grace's major new novel merges recent headlines with stories of a heartfelt family history. It is an account of the mysteries that operate at many levels between generations, where the present is the pivot, the center of the spiral, looking outward to the past and future that define it.

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Jolly hard work. I would have given up part way through but one of my students is reading it, so I read it to support her. There are so many stories, so many characters, so much mucking around with time. It's all too hard to even be interesting, unfortunately. Read full review

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This book seems like it would be a very emotional read because its about relationships and family. I like to read things that make me feel something.

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About the author (1998)

Novelist, short story writer, and children's author Patricia Grace was born in Wellington, New Zealand on August 17, 1937. She was a teacher in primary and secondary schools in Northland, Picton, and King County, New Zealand. She is of Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa and Te Ati Awa descent and has been instrumental in the emergence of Maori fiction in English. Her first collection of stories, Waiariki, was published in 1975 and won the PEN/Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction. Her second novel, Potiki, won the fiction section of the New Zealand Book Awards in 1987. Her children's book, The Kuia and the Spider, was the winner of the Children's Picture Book of the Year award in 1982. Another children's book, The Trolley, won the Russell Clark Award in 1994. She also won the 2005 Deutz Medal for Fiction or Poetry for Tu. She was honored as a living icon of New Zealand art in 2005 and currently lives in Plimmerton, New Zealand. Her title Chappy made the New Zealand Bst Seller List in 2015.

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