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A stunning collection of Oceanic stories for the 21st century.

Stones move, whale bones rise out of the ground like cities, a man figures out how to raise seven daughters alone. Sometimes gods speak or we find ourselves in a not-too-distant future. Here are the glorious, painful, sharp and funny 21st century stories of Maori and Pasifika writers from all over the world. Vib
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Published July 3rd 2017 by RHNZ Vintage
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Angela
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read some of these - had to return it to the library. It is a book I'd like to own and dip into now and then for a wide variety of writing styles, and admiration of writers I would not always have heard of without the help of Ihimaera's editing. Powerful for the most part.
Jon Turner
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This took quite a while to get through - some very confronting pieces in here. There are also some amusing, well written stories - such as Nic Low's satirical take on mining in treasured spaces.
The inclusion of artwork from indigenous artists is pleasing and the relationship between Lisa Reihana's work and Witi Ihimaera's piece form an interesting and moving conversation between the two mediums.
Some pieces fail to stand up to the high marks set by their companions in the book but overall a very
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Peter Gerrie
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Collections of stories like this by different authors like these make me regret their lack of cohesion. Some jewels mixed with some experimental work that falls short.
Elizabeth Horton
A wide variety of stories, a couple of which I really enjoyed. Especially Rush by Nic Lowe.
Sarah Molisa
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very varied writing styles from some fantastic authors. I enjoyed each story, some are true masterpieces.
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Some five star stories and some less than that, but lots of interesting perspectives
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Witi Ihimaera is a novelist and short story writer from New Zealand, perhaps the best-known Māori writer today. He is internationally famous for The Whale Rider.

Ihimaera lives in New Zealand and is of Māori descent and Anglo-Saxon descent through his father, Tom. He attended Church College of New Zealand in Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand. He was the first Māori writer to publish both a novel a
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