Magazine article New Internationalist

[Dogside Story]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Dogside Story]

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Dogside Story by Patricia Grace (The Women's Press, ISBN 0 7043 4724 5)

Patricia Grace's striking new novel takes us to a rural setting a world away from the violence and poverty portrayed in the film Once Were Warriors

. The book is set in a coastal Maori community on Aotearoa/New Zealand's scenic East Cape. In ramshackle Dogside (so-named because of the number of stray dogs, and in contrast to Godside, where all the churches are) the people are preparing for the millennium and the chance to make some easy money from the tourists flocking to see the first 'millennial' sunrise. Te Rua, at first glance a young carefree beachcomber, has other things on his mind. His daughter Kiri is living with his aunts - whose care is slapdash, to say the least; the date for the court case that will decide her future is approaching. …

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