Well, I said in my intro to New Zealand that I wanted to move past all that pretty scenery and dig deeper into the psyche of the country.
Mission accomplished. Perhaps OVER-ACCOMPLISHED.
Now that I’m done, I kind of don’t know what to say. There was nothing easy about this book, at all. It’s good, in that it’s well-written, in a confident voice, and about a community -and its problems- that I might never know about otherwise. It’s painful in that quite a few of the characters make terrible choices, and are cruel and abusive to those around them. And the one character I did respect and like…well, it’s just harsh.
Published in 1990, this book is still controversial, and it’s easy to see why. It was made into a movie about a decade later, and I’m still deciding if I can handle watching it…
All told, a worthwhile read but it will hit you hard.