The Dream Swimmer

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Maori (New Zealand people) - 423 pages
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The Dream Swimmer continues the odyssey of Tama Mahana, grandson and heir to the matriarch, Riripeti Mahana or Artemis. Tama takes up the mantle of leadership, along with his grandmother's battles with the Pakeha. But at every step he is thwarted, by deceit, deception and intrigue - and by the woman whose destiny has crossed Riripeti's and his. This woman is the enigmatic Tiana, Tama's mother, the woman of no account.

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Witi Ihimaera was born in Gisborne, New Zealand on February 7, 1944 into a Maori family of Mormons. After completing a B.A. in English, he worked as a journalist in New Zealand and started writing fiction. His first collection of short stories, Pounamu Pounamu, was published in 1972 and his first novel, Tangi, was published in 1973. His other works include Whanau, The Matriarch, The Whale Rider, The Dream Swimmer, Sky Dancer, The Trowenna Sea, and The Parihaka Woman. In 1982 he coedited an anthology of Maori writing, Into the World of Light, and continues to be a champion of literature in English by Maoris. In 2015 his title's Maori Boy: A Memoir and White Lies made The New Zealand Best Seller List and in 2016 it won the New Zealand Award general nonfiction award.

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