Fishing for Maui by Isa Pearl Ritchie @IsaPearlRitchie @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Wednesday everybody!

Excited to share with you today my review for this beautifully told story about family, food, and culture! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Isa Pearl Ritchie for her lovely words!💛

Fishing for Maui

Fishing for Maui - Front - (RGB)A novel about food, whānau, and mental illness.

Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making. Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s not right. Crisis has the power to bring this family together, but will it be too late?

“An accomplished story of a family in crisis

– Ritchie’s great skill is her ability to conjure the inner lives if her characters. Fishing For Maui is a compassionate meditation on what it means to be well”. – Sarah Jane Barnett

My Thoughts

A beautifully told story about family, food, and culture; set against the beautiful backdrop of New Zealand….

Told from multiple points of view, spanning three generations, this book really gives you a honest glimpse into the lives of this family… The family members all have strong and differing opinions on things such as food, culture, and tradition… everyone’s story was told so exquisitely with such elegance at times I felt as though I was reading poetry…

This book just touched on so many different subjects from food to blogging to surfing to medical practices to mental illness to tradition etc. I found I could relate with almost all of the characters, in one way or another, some more than others…. The book captivated my interest throughout and was extremely thought-provoking…. The setting of New Zealand definitely added something to the story for me I learned about a culture I had no previous knowledge of…

A quiet story that’s true beauty is in its words and its characters, recommended to anyone who is looking for a gentle thought-provoking story….

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Isa Pearl Ritchie_15Author Bio –

Isa Ritchie is a Wellington-based writer. She grew up as a Pākehā child in a bicultural family and Māori was her first written language. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa. She is passionate about food, wellbeing and social justice.

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