The Settling Earth, by Rebecca Burns

The Settling Earth (Paperback)
Rebecca Burns(Goodreads Author)The Settling EarthThey voyaged from Britain to the ends of the earth, “the antipodes”. Driven by hardship, propelled by hope, the women in these stories left behind their old lives and strived to make new ones. But the settlers brought with them the same stultifying conventions and social constraints they had left behind.

Isolated on bleak farms or in soul-destroying boarding houses, the women are at the mercy of men’s whims and the male control of property. They are always one slip away from total poverty. They must reach deep down through their instincts to do what it takes to survive – or else succumb.

Each story is complete and satisfying in itself, and yet, like life, they are also connected by events or characters; so that the stories towards the end satisfyingly close the circle of themes raised by the earlier ones. The last story, by Shelly Davies of the Ngātiwai tribe, adds a Maori viewpoint of these arrivals.

 I found The Settling Earth  to be a fascinating perspective into frontier New Zealand.

Where to find it: Published by published by Odyssey Books, The Settling Earth is at BookDepository  , Amazon, and  AbeBooks.

Rebecca Burns, author of new novel Beyond The Bay, previously crafted Catching the Barramundi . Her collection Artefacts and Other Stories is reviewed here at Baffled Bear Books. For more stories by  Rebecca Burns see her website here.

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