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Auē (pronounced: "oh way") is the debut novel by indigenous writer Becky Manawatu. It is already receiving wide acclaim, including the Jann Medlicott Acorn prize for Fiction, the MitoQ Best First Book of Fiction Award, and it is the winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel.
Auēmeans to cry or wail, which is at the heart of this novel. It gnaws away at you, it consumes you; you can't stop thinking about it, trying to understand it, trying to find hope. It is a book that is confronting, but I would recommend it to anyone wanting to gain an insight into how people and whānau (extended family) piece themselves back together and continue through trauma as best they can.