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Patricia Grace

Bird Child and Other Stories

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A powerful new collection from one of Aotearoa's most esteemed fiction writers. Mythology and contemporary Maori life are woven together seamlessly in this spectacular collection by Aotearoa's foremost short story writer.

The titular story 'Bird Child' plunges you deep into Te Kore, an ancient time before time. In another, the formidable goddess Mahuika, Keeper of Fire, becomes a doting mother and friend. Later, Grace's own childhood vividly shapes the world of the young character Mereana; and a widower's hilariously human struggle to parent his seven daughters is told with trademark wit and crackling dialogue.

Moving artfully across decades, landscapes, time and space, with tenderness and charm, Bird Child and Other Stories shows an author as adept and stimulating as ever.


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