01 August, 2016
The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera
There is a time for war and a time for peace. Just as Tolstoy’s classic, Ihimaera’s novel steadily develops a very strong family theme. Unlike the traditional New Zealand man alone type with no roots and place to go, the Māori protagonist returns to the family to discover his true self. His relationships with his parents, sisters, mysterious grandmother and Pākehā wife humanise the fighting hero as well as enrich greatly the story plot.
Title: The Matriarch
Author: Witi Ihimaera
Recommended by Maria M, Central Library
Maria M believes reading is the best way to understand other people and places. She is an avid bilingual reader who is particularly interested in New Zealand fiction.