Title: Chappy
Authors: Grace, Patricia
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 252
Year: 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: Daniel, a young man needing to find his place in the world, travels to New Zealand to reconnect with his whanau. He becomes immersed in the story of his Maori grandmother Oriwia and his Japanese grandfather Chappy. Played out against the changing backdrop of the 20th century, theirs is a love story fraught with cross-cultural misunderstandings and peppered with the challenges of racial discrimination.

Set in Japan, rural New Zealand and Hawaii, this is an absorbing novel of the Pacific steeped in the mystery and nature of family.
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Family Saga, Love story, Relationships, 2017 Titles


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By: LOWER 019 2018-12-12 17:55:24
Generally enjoyed, although it took some a little while to get into it. Loved the character development, felt that we really got to know them. Generated a good discussion.

By: AUCK 058 2018-08-24 14:31:46
All people in the group thought that the book was well written and full of interesting detail. Patricia Grace writes with a Maori perspective in a way that includes all readers. We all thought she is a wonderful writer. Some in the group felt that the book never gripped them, despite its many admirable qualities.

By: HAMIL 056 2018-08-24 14:24:05
All really enjoyed the setting of the book and learning more about our country's history/way of life. Well developed characters and written in an intriguing way. Great discussion had!

By: WELL 209 2018-08-24 14:21:03

By: COROM 002 2018-08-24 14:19:17
We enjoyed reading Patricia Grace's story of a Maori family's life from around WWII, interwoven with life in Hawaii, and the effect of events in Japan on the family who have embraced a Japanese member. Quite intricate and absorbing. We liked the ending with Chappy making a Japanese garden, and had a very good discussion.

By: HAMIL 007 2018-04-30 14:05:32
100% enjoyment of this book. Highly recommended by all of us.

By: AUCK 056 2018-04-30 14:00:55
Patricia Grace's books are always a joy to read and "Chappy" is no exception. The book is full of interesting NZ Maori characters, and we love the way Patricia Grace depicts their lives.

By: WELL 008 2018-04-27 14:57:39
A window into a different world - we really enjoyed it.

By: WELL 074 2018-04-27 14:53:41
We enjoyed the vehicle of the grandson's visit to tell the story - this resonated with our members who have children living abroad. We want to read more by Patricia Grace, having also read 'Tu' some time ago.

By: NELS 023 2018-04-27 14:51:18
This book was a hit with our group. We have a huge admiration for Patricia Grace's writing. It promoted excellent and wide-ranging discussion.

By: WAITAT 004 2018-04-27 14:37:35
Chappy was generally well loved by the group. We enjoyed the intimate insight into Maori and Hawaiian culture.

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