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message 1: by Lauren (last edited Dec 28, 2017 02:39PM) (new) - added it

Lauren | 109 comments Are books written by and about Pacific Islanders still up for consideration for this book club? (I ask because that appears to be missing from the book club description.)

If this answer is yes, then I would like to recommend that we read Keri Hulme's "The Bone People" at some point in the new year. Here's its synopsis:

"In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, a woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor—a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who tries to steal from her and then repays her with his most precious possession. As Kerewin succumbs to Simon's feral charm, she also falls under the spell of his Maori foster father Joe, who rescued the boy from a shipwreck and now treats him with an unsettling mixture of tenderness and brutality. Out of this unorthodox trinity Keri Hulme has created what is at once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where Maori and European New Zealand meet, clash, and sometimes merge."

This is one of the highest praised novels in not only the Maori community, but New Zealand in general. I haven't personally read this one, but I've been meaning to get around to it. Reading it for this book club would make for a good opportunity.


message 2: by Jess (new)

Jess (jbagsy) | 24 comments I've been meaning to pick up a book about New Zealand, specifically related to the Maori people. Sounds like just the thing I was looking for!


message 3: by Krystal (new)

Krystal (krystalkavitajagoo) | 16 comments This sounds amazing!


message 4: by Reera, Bookmaster (new)

Reera | 261 comments Mod
Yup, we still consider books by Pacific Islanders. I'll add the book to our list of possible picks. Hopefully, we'll be able to cover more books by PI authors when we launch our blog.


message 5: by Lauren (new) - added it

Lauren | 109 comments I want to once again advocate for "The Bone People" to be read. Reera, I know you've already added it to your list of possible picks, but there's another argument I want to make for it.

Has a book been selected for June (a.k.a. Pride Month) yet? If not, then this one might be a wise one to consider. Why you might ask? It's because the protagonist is asexual. Now I don't know about you, but I don't know of that many novels where the protagonist is asexual.

Anyway, I figured I put that out there.


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