Baby No-eyes is Te Paania's first child, killed in a car crash before she even leaves the womb.
Baby's ghost returns to comfort Te Paania, and when Baby's brother Tawera is born he takes her place in the world although she is always by his side.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780704346161
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Review by jeniwren
This was my choice for Indigenous Literature Week. A novel from a New Zealand author with multiple narrators. A young Maori boy, his mother, grandmother and uncle give their perspective detailing culture and history against the backdrop of a Maori sit-in to regain land that has been taken by council. Ever present is Baby No Eyes a ghost who remains at the centre of the story, tragically killed whilst still in the womb and is only visible to Tawera her younger brother. For the most part I found the story confusing and I don't particularly like magical realism and the supernatural elements that define this style of writing. I would also suggest a glossary would be useful to define the many obscure Maori words.