Author(s): Witi Ihimaera
There has never been a New Zealand novel quite like The Parihaka Woman. Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, it sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s. Parihaka is the place Erenora calls home, a peaceful Taranaki settlement overcome by war and land confiscation. As her world is threatened, Erenora must find within herself the strength, courage and ingenuity to protect those whom she loves. And, like a Shakespearean heroine, she must change herself before she can take up her greatest challenge and save her exiled husband, Horitana.
A stunning novel about a shameful episode in NZ's past, brilliantly written by an author at the height of his powers. The story of Parihaka is rich and powerful and needs to be told and this novel has captured its essence. It made me squirm at the brutality and ignorance of the actions of those responsible for this shameful period of New Zealand's history. An enlightening and marvellous read. Peter
Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2012.
Witi Ihimaera was the first Maori novelist and has now published 12 novels, 6 collections of short stories as well as various works for children. Apart from his work as a writer, Ihimaera has also had careers in teaching, theatre, opera, film and television.