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Ms. Davenport has a flowing writing style that is evocative and vivid. Bringing a depth of knowledge that is masterfully woven into her stories, I both learned about the peoples of the Pacific and experienced the beauty and tragedy of their lives. The plight of the women there had been unknown to me prior to reading these pieces. I look forward to reading more from this most talented writer.
The wonderful thing about literature is how it can transport and teach those of us who aren't fortunate enough to travel the world. These Pacific stories were so very sad yet so dignified at the same time. Ms. Davenport sketched and subtly shaded aspects of island cultures from the opposite side of the planet ( for me) and though holding nothing back when revealing the ugly and the violent, managed to depict flawed but sympathetic characters and situations. I have recommended to all those I know who are curious about the world, love fine writing, students of culture, gender ethnicity but above all those who love good storytelling. I was transported, these stories will stay with me for a long time, and when they begin to fade I know I will enjoy and revel in the re read.
Ever since I read Hawaii years ago I have enjoyed stories of the Pacific. This is unquestionably the best collection of stories of this genre I have read & it was free. I can't wait to read one of her novels. I felt like I knew every character & could feel every breeze & drop of rain. Most of the stories are dark & twisty but they all have satisfying endings.
Very insightful journey into the South Pacific peoples as you've never seen them. This book is an amateur anthropologist's Dream. If you have any interest in native cultures and variations, this book will be like heaven and all of this is brought to you through well-researched, believable fiction. A delightful discovery.
Davenport paints pictures of people that stay with you for years. You can feel the pain and heartbreak in her characters. Anyone who likes historical, socially relevant fiction with a tiny but if magical realism thrown in will love these stories.