The Bone People Author:Keri Hulme The Bone People is set in the harsh environment of the South Island beaches of New Zealand. The principal character, Kerewin Holmes, is a primarily Pakeha, part-Maori painter in self-exile, living in a tower she has built with money she won in a lottery. — Kerewin is drawn out of her isolation by Simon, a mute boy who is cast up on the beach, the... more » only survivor of a shipwreck. Joe, a Maori factory worker who becomes Simon's foster father and both fiercely loves and ferociously batters the boy, completes the trinity of characters at the center of the novel.
As Kerewin, Joe, and Simon struggle with their mixed heritages and their charged relationships, the bonds between them loosen and tighten, break and re-form.
The Bone People makes for rich and engaging reading. It is likely to prove not only a 'favourite food' but a nourishing one as well.« less