CHAPPY

by Pa­tri­cia Grace, Penguin/Ran­dom House.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

My favourite work by Pa­tri­cia Grace is ac­tu­ally the pic­ture­book The Kuia & The Spi­der, pub­lished in 1981. I can still hear the words re­ver­ber­at­ing through my fa­ther’s chest, as I sat on his knee wait­ing to turn each page. My dad read it to me and I read it to my lit­tle brother and sis­ters. It was in­ter­wo­ven into our up­bring­ing. But Grace’s novel Chappy will make for bet­ter beach read­ing. It is a story about fam­ily, race and fig­ur­ing out a sense of place in the world. Grace took a 10-year hia­tus, then pub­lished this in 2015. It’s nice to have a work by her that still has that lovely new-book smell.

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