Uprooted from his privileged European life and sent to New Zealand to sort himself out, twenty-one-year-old Daniel pieces together the history of his Maori family. As his relatives revisit their past, Daniel learns of a remarkable love story between his Maori grandmother Oriwia and his Japanese grandfather Chappy. The more Daniel hears about his deceased grandfather, the more intriguing – and elusive – Chappy becomes.
In this touching portrayal of family life, acclaimed writer Patricia Grace explores racial intolerance, cross-cultural conflicts and the universal desire to belong. Spanning several decades and several continents and set against the backdrop of a changing New Zealand, Chappy is a compelling story of enduring love.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
We admired the courage and honesty with which this book explored themes of racism and cross-cultural conflict, particularly topical today, and Grace’s immensely talented writing which makes this a universal story.
A wonderful exploration of culture, differences and similarities, intolerance, trust and family love. Crafted by an outstanding, talented writer.