Jake's long shadow

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Vintage, Nov 1, 2002 - Fiction - 239 pages
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The millennium has changed but have the Hekes? Where are they now, Beth, Jake, and what of their other children? Son Abe who has rejected violence but violence finds him. Polly, as beautiful as her sister Grace, who committed suicide; is that a Heke running with the wealthy polo-playing set and growing rich herself? And the gang leader, Apeman, who killed Tania, what's prison like, does it change a man, grow him or not? We meet another tragic female figure, Sharneeta. And Alistair Trambert, a middle-class white boy sunk into the same welfare dependency trap as the Maoris his class criticise. Meet Charlie Bennett, Beth's husband, a fine man, and yet . . .And yet there's Jake Heke, casting his long shadow over everyone. Has he really grown up?

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New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Alan Duff is the founder of the Alan Duff Foundation and the Books in Homes program. His novel, Once Were Warriors, about violence in a Maori ghetto, won the PEN Best First Book Award in 1991 and was made into a movie in 1994.

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