'This novel will become a classic' - Next magazine on this prize-winning masterpiece.
Three brothers, one war and multiple secrets.
Tu is proud of his name: it belongs to the Maori god of war. But for the returned soldier there's a shadow over his war experience with the Maori Battalion in Italy. Three young men from the one family went to war, but only one returned – Tu is the sole survivor. Now, when his young niece and nephew come looking for answers, Tu is brought face to face with the past. What really happened to the three brothers as the Maori Battalion fought in the hills and valleys of Italy is contained in the pages of his war journal, and this he now decides to give to his niece and nephew. The time for revelations has come.
Patricia Grace has drawn on the war experiences of her father and other relatives and ventured into new territory. The result is a prize-winning novel of great authenticity and drama from one of our finest storytellers.
“A beautifully evocative and well-written novel.”
Dominion Post Weekend
“Told with heart and humanity. From Patricia Grace we expect nothing less.”
Susan Jacobs, Canvas
“Tu is a great read - complex, subtle, exciting and extremely moving.”
Paula Morris, Dominion Post
“Tu is . . . an artful waka, rowing fast and with purpose.'”
David Eggleton, NZ Listener
“This novel will become a classic.”