One of Patricia Grace's most popular novels.
This is a stunning novel about tradition and change, about whanau and its struggle to survive, about the place of women in a shifting world.
Makareta is the chosen one - carrying her family's hopes.
Missy is the observer - the one who accepts but has her dreams.
Mata is always waiting - for life to happen as it stealthily passes by.
These three women are the cousins. Moving from the forties to the present, from the country to the protests of the cities, Cousins is the story of three girls once thrown together and as women grown apart.
“. . . it is robust and powerful. I simply could not put it down. Lyrical and vibrant, smoothly paced and quietly rhythmic. Grace's language moves easily from one person to the next, as the stories unfold.”
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, NZ Listener
“Cousins is an engrossing story that runs on in the head long after it has finished.”
Dominion Sunday Times
“Patricia Grace writes with an enviable clarity and power.”
Margaret Mahy, Evening Post