Raidergirl3 said, "New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme. Here's the link to my lists, some completed, some future ideas http://raidergirl3.blogspot.com/
Integrating both Maori myth and New Zealand reality, The Bone People became the most successful novel in New Zealand publishing history when it appeared in 1984. Set on the South Island beaches of New Zealand, a harsh environment, the novel chronicles the complicated relationships between three emotional outcasts of mixed European and Maori heritage. Kerewin Holmes is a painter and a loner, convinced that "to care for anything is to invite disaster." Her isolation is disrupted one day when a six-year-old mute boy, Simon, breaks into her house. The sole survivor of a mysterious shipwreck, Simon has been adopted by a widower Maori factory worker, Joe Gillayley, who is both tender and horribly brutal toward the boy. Through shifting points of view, the novel reveals each character's thoughts and feelings as they struggle with the desire to connect and the fear of attachment. The Bone People, winner of the 1985 Booker-McConnell prize for fiction, captures the soul of New Zealand.
Amy has also read The Bone People. Click this link to read her review of the book.