Alice Tawhai finds cosmopolitan material for her stories from the length and breadth of New Zealand. Her words are gem-like observations of lives on the edge, and her characters are rich and varied: bikies, UFO enthusiasts, circus workers, tattoo artists, mail-order brides. To read Alice Tawhai's works is to see the occasional despair and the often-uplifting poetry of many lives, and many readers will be wiser for the experience.
April 4, 2005
"Alice Tawhai's first collection is skewed, beautiful and deep. Tawhai's New Zealand is layered, complex and full of bright flashes, like phosphorous in the water."
"Festival of Miracles' signals the arrival of an exciting and significant new talent."
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