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See the character on the book cover? That's Tamati, generally known as Tama, a nearly sociopathic young man with a Maori tattoo who is sex-obsessed, violent, and delusional, but loyal to his friends and gang buddies and his family members. He is one of a vast number of viewpoint characters in Marita Hansen's amazing debut novel Behind the Hood. The Hood is a neighborhood in Auckland, New Zealand, where a mixture of Maori, Samoans, and whites try to make their way through lives scarred by poverty, ignorance, infidelity, drugs, and violence. These characters are driven by love, but also by lust. Tama's whole life is divided between sex and gang and family loyalties. The characters who surround him and share the point of the view of the story are equally interesting. Maia, a young girl, is assaulted by Tama, triggering her brother, Nike, who loves his wife, Jess, who is the sexual object of Tama. Tama's cousin Mikey is interested in Maia, and vice versa, but Mikey's mother is a pretty awful person and is bound to get in the way. Jayden married the wrong girl, leaving the mother of his child to get with Leila, who still loves Nike, who only has eyes for Jess, while Leila cheated with Tama. It goes on and on and on this way, with layer after layer of complicated familial and sexual relationships that must inevitably explode into violence.
This book is extremely vulgar and sexual, so it's for adults only, but it's just incredibly fascinating and compelling from the first word to the last. We're early in 2012, but when I look back in the December on the many books I will read this year, I know it will be very high on my list.
There is a new and current popular category called "Ghetto Fiction," among whom perhaps the best of the well-known writers is Coe Booth. Coe Booth can write, but Marita A. Hansen is better. Way better. The New Zealand setting is unusual for American readers, but the passions and problems are the same. Story is a universal quality, and if you swapped out the names and ethnicities here for those found in any other underprivileged neighborhood, it would feel just as moving and just as right.
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