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'Eleven years have passed since that winter of 1986 when I put down my pen on the story of the woman who wore pearls in her hair, my grandmother the matriarch, Riripeti Mahana nee Pere, whom some called Artemis . . .'

So begins The Dream Swimmer, Witi Ihimaera's gripping sequel to The Matriarch, acclaimed winner of the Wattie Award.

The Dream Swimmer continues the odyssey of Tama Mahana, grandson and heir to the matriarch, as he assumes the mantle of leadership and, with it, his grandmother's battles with the Pakeha.  But at every step Tama is thwarted – by deception and intrigue, and by the woman whose destiny has intersected Riripeti's and his.  She is the enigmatic Tiana, his mother, the woman of no account.

Ihimaera continues to dazzle as he negotiates this story of great breadth and breathtaking climaxes, combining the heart of his early work with the deft experimentalism of his more recent novels and short stories.  At once an incisive character study and a deeply moving family saga, The Dream Swimmer is sure to enchant and delight.

'Part oracle, part memorialist, Ihimaera is an inspired voice, weaving many stories together.  The effect if epic, operatic., - David Eggleton, Metro
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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143011217

    March 2, 2009

    Raupo

    RRP $24.95

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  • EBook

    9781742288697

    February 2, 2005

    Penguin eBooks

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Also by Witi Ihimaera

Sleeps Standing
Black Marks on the White Page
Bulibasha Film Tie-In
Maori Boy
White Lies
I've Been Thinking About You, Sister
The Thrill of Falling
Pounamu Pounamu (Anniversary Ed)
The Parihaka Woman
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
His Best Stories
The Matriarch
Pounamu Pounamu
The Whale Rider
Sky Dancer
The Uncle's Story
Uncle's Story
Bulibasha

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Breath
Ready Player One
Sanctuary
The Trip of a Lifetime
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Light Between Oceans
Magic
Animal Farm