The Hekes are a family in turmoil. A tyrannical, alcoholic, violent patriarch, an alcoholic, ever-trying-to-reform mother, and three degenerate children. Can the draw Maori ritual and tradition pull them back from the brink?
Alan Duff was born in 1950 and lives with his wife and four children in Havelock North, New Zealand. He has published six novels, most notably, the Once Were Warriors trilogy; a novella, State Ward; and six works of non-fiction, including the controversial Maori: The Crisis and the Challenge. Once Were Warriors won the PEN Best First Book for Fiction Award and was made into an internationally acclaimed film for which Alan Duff wrote the original screenplay.
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