|Mutuwhenua (Penguin, 1978)|
Mutuwhenua is a thin volume but the writing packs a punch. Patricia Grace has a sparse style particularly with her use of dialogue which conveys pent up emotion well. The book is easy to read and the plot is simple. Poor Ripeka begins to wither away from her ancestral home. Her despair and confusion are well drawn and I must admit to crying several times whilst I read it.
This book is a good one for PSSC students, the length, easy prose and setting all come together to make a great 'island 'story for students learning English.