Author(s): Albert Wendt
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.
Albert Wendt was born in Samoa and is a member of the Aiga Sa-Tuala. He has written a number of novels, including Leaves of the Banyan Tree, which won the New Zealand Wattie Book of the Year Award in 1980, along with collections of short stories, and several volumes of poetry. Wendt was until recently on the faculty of the University of Hawai'i.