Review: Fishing for Maui
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
This book is an absolute work of art - as delicious as its cover. I'm not even sure how to review it in any way that truly conveys what a beautiful bit of literature Ms. Ritchie has created. She has deftly woven culture and modernity into an entrancing tale of the disconnections that disrupt our circle of connections.
I'm honestly still digesting this book because it's the kind of book you can't review immediately. Like a good meal, it's the lingering memory of the experience that creates the impact. And so I'm savoring and thinking, a thing I'll be doing for a while, because that's how literature should leave you.
I'll recommend this book to lovers of literature everywhere. It should sit with the more mainstream multicultural novels being touted by big names - maybe it should even rise above them.
Purchase Links Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Fishing-Maui-Isa-Pearl-Ritchie-ebook/dp/B07DZBXSCN/ Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fishing-Maui-Isa-Pearl-Ritchie-ebook/dp/B07DZBXSCN/ Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/826608
Author 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.