Title: Aue
Authors: Manawatu, Becky
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 323
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: When Tauk drops his younger brother Ari off at Aunty Kat and Uncle Stu's in Kaikoura, he's free to head off with his surfboard and guitar to ... well, anywhere really. Ari will have the friendship of Beth and her dog Lupo from the farm next door, and Tauk will be able to get away from everything that has happened that left them orphaned. Interwoven with their diverging lives, is the story of their mother Jade and the gang world she was born into.

Raw and moving, this is a story of the graphic realities of gang life, of intergenerational trauma and the unexpected glimmer of hope on Tauk and Ari's horizons.

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, Award Winner, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Maori, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Young narrator, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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By: AUCK 285 2021-10-14 14:49:27
This was an amazing book. Grim reading during lockdown ( some couldn't face it) but gripping reading and cleverly laid out as the narrative voices and storylines slowly start to come together and make sense. Sad and hard for us to understand the mindset of a woman who cannot comprehend love without violence - who stay with violent partners, and can see no escape. Tragic lives. The fact that there are currents of real life events in the book again bring home how fragmented our society is. Really recommended.

By: TIMAR 022 2021-09-15 10:37:27
Many found this a difficult book to read.

By: WELL 194 2021-09-15 10:36:51
Some of the group weren't sure about this book, but once they started reading it, they found it to be well-written and thought provoking.

By: HAMIL 029 2021-09-11 16:11:00
We all agreed this is a very special book, well-written, with excellent characterisation. But it was a very grim read with confronting violence and child abuse as central themes. Lockdown was probably not the best time to be reading it. The narration is complex with shifting points of view and time settings.

By: PALMN 018 2021-08-25 10:27:02
Mixed reactions to this book. Very sad to think society never improves.

By: TAUR 005 2021-08-02 09:29:54
Writing style excellent. Several of the group would have appreciated an outline of the relationships to assist in understanding. In addition, about half the group needed to read the novel twice. Wonderful narrative, but complex.

By: DUNED 004 2021-06-23 11:52:11
Some found the subject matter confronting, and others found it powerful and poignant. Lively discussion.

By: DANNE 001 2021-06-23 11:51:08
A grim story, very well-written. Some readers wished for a family tree to help follow the story as it moved between generations. For others that was part of the enjoyment of reading and sorting the relationships. Beautiful language and imagery. Hard to read at times but with a cracking pace towards the end.

By: CHCH 515 2021-06-09 11:30:08
Most really enjoyed it. Very heavy and emotional. Liked the Kiwi connection. Some scenes hard to read. Liked the symbols throughout.

By: QUEEN 001 2021-06-09 11:28:58
We all thought this was the best book we had read in a long time!

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