Ribbons Of Grace B Fmt

Ribbons Of Grace B Fmt

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Ribbons of Grace is set in Arrowtown, a frontier town with an explosive mix of inhabitants, during the Otago goldrush of the 1860s. It focuses on the love affair between Ming Yuet, a young Chinese woman, and Conran, an Orcadian stonemason. This touching novel opens with Ming Yuet at the graveside of her and Conran's daughter, Fang Yin. She is recounting the stories of their lives- the loves, the heartbreaks, the friendships, the hatreds, the hopes and the losses. Ming Yuet, an intelligent, resourceful young woman, has taken on the identity of her brother after he is killed by water pirates in China on his journey to New Zealand. She lives for several years as a miner, her secret known only to a few. Conran, a spirited, musical man, has escaped family tragedy to make a new life for himself in New Zealand. The two characters meet when Conran rescues Ming Yuet from a flood, setting in motion a magical love affair. The lovers must face prejudice and many challenges to allow their love to triumph. Will desire or deception triumph? Ribbons of Grace has three storylines and three narrators - Ming Yuet, Conran, and Ida, an English nurse, with each telling their part of the narrative in a distinctive voice.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 20mm | 246g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143009303
  • 9780143009306

About Maxine Alterio

Dr Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short story writer and narrative-based educator and mentor. She graduated from the University of Otago with a Master of Arts in Education and from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, with a PhD in Creative Writing. Her first novel Ribbons of Grace was published by Penguin in 2007, followed by Lives we Leave Behind in 2012. Her first fiction collection Live News and Other Stories was published in 2005, and her short stories have appeared in anthologies and been broadcast on national radio. Winner of the 2013 Seresin Landfall/Otago University Press Residency, Maxine is currently working on a second fiction collection and undertaking research for her third novel.show more