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Booklist: "...both tales are enjoyable blendings of reality and ethnic traditions and beliefs, with a little metafiction thrown in."

Date: Oct 1 2013

When Beverley was a young girl in New Zealand, running away from her mother’s murdered body, a flock of Maori spirits came to be her protectors. Unable to return to their home, these spirits, the Kehua, followed Beverley to England, where they remain with her still, almost 90 years later. Through three generations, the Kehua have watched over Beverley and her female descendants the only way they know how, counterintuitively urging them to run from their joys as well as their fears, and Beverley decides it is time to do something about it. Their story, though, is only one of two told here because the storyteller is visited by ghosts of her own, and she often interrupts Beverley’s story to explain herself and her method of writing. Although the writer’s presence feels increasingly intrusive, both tales are enjoyable blendings of reality and ethnic traditions and beliefs, with a little metafiction thrown in. This split personality structure stands out in Weldon’s long line of novels, making its story of trickle-down tragedy worth a look.
— Cortney Ophoff