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