Title: Aue
Authors: Manawatu, Becky
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 323
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Taukiri was born into sorrow. Aue can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father's. It spills out of the gang violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and the shame he feels about abandoning his eight-year-old brother to a violent home.

But Arama is braver than he looks, and he has a friend and his friend has a dog, and the three of them together might just be strong enough to turn back the tide of sorrow. As long as there's aroha to give and stories to tell and a good supply of plasters. [Makaro Press}

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I really, really loved this book. It was sad, funny, and heart-warming. It made me think of how society needs to improve."

"It is unforgettable and very moving. I wholeheartedly recommend it."

"Very moving."

"It is raw, painful and honest and yet beautiful, lyrical and tender. 10/10 for me. "

"Good character portrayal. I think Beth is a highlight of the story."

"The book depicts gang life graphically as it does domestic violence."

"It was so real to me, so very 'Kiwi' and I was completely invested in the characters and the story."

"There's a plentiful supply of bad language, violence and sexual content."

"Some might find the story depressing, but I think it is probably a very realistic account."

"A slice of life only a middle-class, white woman can only imagine!"

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Gender Issues, Grief/loss, Maori, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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