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Aue by Becky Manawatu

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"Gutwrenchingly good"
5 stars"
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This new NZ novel is outstanding. Told from various characters' points of view in the present and past, it is largely about family dislocation, aroha and tragedy. There is extreme domestic violence but only as a reflection of society and the wider effects. The characters are achingly beautiful and credible. I couldn't put this book down, then when I finished I skim read it again to check I hadn't missed something. The ending is satisfying without spelling out all the answers. I would boldly say this is the best NZ novel ever.

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"Hooked from the first line"
5 stars"
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This is a great read – engaging from the outset, interesting mix of styles and perspectives, believable characters.


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. Here is a novel that is both raw and sublime, a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction. Haere mai, Becky Manawatu.
Release date NZ
September 6th, 2019
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Makaro Press
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