Title: Aue
Authors: Manawatu, Becky
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 323
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: When Tauk drops his younger brother Ari off at Aunty Kat and Uncle Stu's in Kaikoura, he's free to head off with his surfboard and guitar to ... well, anywhere really. Ari will have the friendship of Beth and her dog Lupo from the farm next door, and Tauk will be able to get away from everything that has happened that left them orphaned. Interwoven with their diverging lives, is the story of their mother Jade and the gang world she was born into.

Raw and moving, this is a story of the graphic realities of gang life, of intergenerational trauma and the unexpected glimmer of hope on Tauk and Ari's horizons.

Categories: Fiction NZ, Award winner, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Māori, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Young narrator, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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By: DUNED 029 2022-06-15 13:39:09
An amazing read. A must read for NZers! Beautifully written, tugs at the heartstrings. Difficult subject matter.

By: DUNED 110 2022-05-11 12:39:05
Good read. A little difficulty with remembering who was who. Great discussion.

By: PIOPIO 001 2022-04-28 20:17:00
Beautifully written book about a very raw subject revealing a lot about the underbelly of NZ. Most found it a compelling read, enjoyed the lighter moments especially the younger children Beth and Ari, but found it depressing overall. Good discussion and the notes were helpful. One member read most of it a second time, gaining much better understanding, especially the words of the 'ghost'.

By: AUCK 236 2022-04-19 13:45:55
This book is a must-read. A beautifully-written book with well-defined characters that the reader come to love. The story is haunting and intriguing and the book is so hard to put down. We all loved it!

By: CHCH 010 2022-03-09 12:51:51
This novel, set in New Zealand, which covers gang relationships and the family life of a particular group of characters of a variety of ages; gave rise to an interesting discussion. While the majority of our group found the violence portrayed hard to read, we generally felt glad we had read it. We felt Manawatu's style was interesting - writing with the different time settings - and easy to read.

By: CHCH 317 2022-02-28 16:53:50
Our group did not really enjoy this book. While it portrayed the underbelly of N.Z. life, the actual construction of the story was difficult to follow. It jumped around too much and the characters' roles were not clear.

By: CHCH 430 2022-01-28 12:44:28
Saddest book we have read so far, maybe because it's so close to home. Very cleverly written. An essential read.

By: AUCK 408 2021-11-15 14:43:17
Compelling read - we all really enjoyed, although it was also harrowing. Some found the family tree difficult to piece together, but all agreed it is a masterful novel.

By: MOTUE 003 2021-11-01 14:30:57
Mixed opinions - half the group thought it was very well-written, while half started but didn't like it at all.

By: AUCK 285 2021-10-14 14:49:27
This was an amazing book. Grim reading during lockdown ( some couldn't face it) but gripping reading and cleverly laid out as the narrative voices and storylines slowly start to come together and make sense. Sad and hard for us to understand the mindset of a woman who cannot comprehend love without violence - who stay with violent partners, and can see no escape. Tragic lives. The fact that there are currents of real life events in the book again bring home how fragmented our society is. Really recommended.

By: TIMAR 022 2021-09-15 10:37:27
Many found this a difficult book to read.

By: WELL 194 2021-09-15 10:36:51
Some of the group weren't sure about this book, but once they started reading it, they found it to be well-written and thought provoking.

By: HAMIL 029 2021-09-11 16:11:00
We all agreed this is a very special book, well-written, with excellent characterisation. But it was a very grim read with confronting violence and child abuse as central themes. Lockdown was probably not the best time to be reading it. The narration is complex with shifting points of view and time settings.

By: PALMN 018 2021-08-25 10:27:02
Mixed reactions to this book. Very sad to think society never improves.

By: TAUR 005 2021-08-02 09:29:54
Writing style excellent. Several of the group would have appreciated an outline of the relationships to assist in understanding. In addition, about half the group needed to read the novel twice. Wonderful narrative, but complex.

By: DUNED 004 2021-06-23 11:52:11
Some found the subject matter confronting, and others found it powerful and poignant. Lively discussion.

By: DANNE 001 2021-06-23 11:51:08
A grim story, very well-written. Some readers wished for a family tree to help follow the story as it moved between generations. For others that was part of the enjoyment of reading and sorting the relationships. Beautiful language and imagery. Hard to read at times but with a cracking pace towards the end.

By: CHCH 515 2021-06-09 11:30:08
Most really enjoyed it. Very heavy and emotional. Liked the Kiwi connection. Some scenes hard to read. Liked the symbols throughout.

By: QUEEN 001 2021-06-09 11:28:58
We all thought this was the best book we had read in a long time!

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