Originally published in 1973, this story of star-crossed lovers spotlights the complex nature of love, freedom, and racism in New Zealand. Samoan writer Albert Wendt's first novel, Sons for the Return Home, has long been out of print. Yet, readers continue to respond to the clarity of vision in this simple, powerful story of cross-cultural encounter.
Talanoa: Contemporary Pacific Literature
"With searing penetration Albert Wendt reveals the hypocrisy of racial pride. The reader is constantly required to realign his own attitudes, about his and other races, reassess his own position." --New Zealand Bookwork
"It is unlikely that anyone else could portray the people of two countries with the honest assessment and generous humanity [Wendt] brings to this novel." --Islands