Te Kauhanga (Paperback)

A Tale of Space(s)

By Antony Millen

Maple Koru Publishing, 9780473285487, 242pp.

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

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Paperback (2/22/2017)

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"Look closer." Montreal Perec is an accomplished cartographer with unusual powers of perception. He lives as a recluse in the town of Te Kauhanga, sheltered deep in the central North Island of New Zealand. Thirty years ago, he travelled from overseas and settled into his lighthouse look-off, led by his unfruitful search for the treasure of his ancestors. An online encounter with a mysterious mapping hobbyist launches Perec down a new trail of mind-bending clues. Sharon Pellerine works for the local council in Te Kauhanga. An attractive woman, she is desired by various rural and municipal courters. But her skills and demeanour as an archivist from Wellington conceal a painful past and a shady secret that she attempts to address with the help of a peculiar visiting transient. Another immigrant to this small town, Stanley Kowalczyk, hails from the northern city of Hamilton. Five years ago, he arrived with his own unique set of skills as an insurance adjuster and an even more specialised obsession with straight lines. His weakness for beautiful women opens him to the possibilities of wandering outside his self-imposed parameters. These characters' lives revolve around the apparently perishing tree of Taumata-an enormous tree, one of the legendary legs of Tane Mahuta and a taonga to local iwi Maori. As debate rages in the township about the tree's future, Perec is led closer to his treasure by the activities of his fellow citizens. Te Kauhanga is Antony Millen's second novel-a tale of spaces that examines our position and movement in this world and how these interchange, connect and influence others.

About the Author

Antony Millen is a Canadian living and writing in New Zealand. He now reads a lot less than he used to, devoting time to writing, working to educate others and to pay the bills, watching the Montreal Canadiens play ice-hockey online, listening to Bruce Springsteen, launching his children into adult-life and venturing over the precipice of freedom this development is presenting him and his wife. He lives in the small town of Taumarunui, a town not unlike Te Kauhanga. However, he has yet to meet anyone quite like the characters in his book. Te Kauhanga is his second novel. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Website & Blog: antonymillen.wordpress.com Facebook: Antony Millen author page Twitter: @antony_millen