by Keri Hulme - £9.99 Picador (2001)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780330485418 | ISBN 10: 0330485415
The Bone People is a love story. It begins when a mute six-year-old, full of blasting hurt and strange charm, wanders off the beach and into the home of a despairing artist. Kerewin has given up everything but drinking, thinking and fishing, but the arrival of the boy Simon and, later on, of his Maori foster-father Joe, drags all three into the gyre of possibilities.
Cruel, funny, ardent and beautiful, The Bone People is a powerful and visionary New Zealand fable.
Winner of the Booker Prize.
"This first novel from a New Zealand writer radiates vitality. Seizing on material that might seem outlandish, she transforms it into a fable that's as persuasive as it's haunting. In this novel, New Zealand's people, its heritage and landscape are conjured up with uncanny poetry and perceptiveness."
"Set on the harsh South Island beaches of New Zealand, bound in Maori myth and entwined with Christian symbols, Miss Hulme's provocative novel summons power with words, as a conjurer's spell."
(New York Times Book Review)
"A gem providing a whole new range of experience."
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