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Book Review: The Sea on Our Skin by Madeleine Tobert

The Sea On Our Skin by Madeleine Tobert

Originally from Scotland, Madeleine spent several years living in the Pacific Islands before moving to Auckland with her Fijian husband. Her first novel, The Sea on Our Skin, takes her authentic travel experiences and brings the gentle rhythms of island living to life in a novel that is lyrical and compelling.

Ioane Matate is man of violence who disappears for months at a time travelling. He marries a young woman, Amalia Hoko, who stays at home to care for their children while her husband is often absent. The Sea on Our Skin follows Amalia’s life as she brings up her children and waits for her husband’s return. This novel is the story of their marriage as their children grow – but the next generation has modern and conflicting ideas about life and living, eventually throwing Amalia’s simple existence into turmoil. The Sea on Our Skin is a book of joy and sorrow that remains with you long after you have finished the last page.

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