Cast Two Shadows was my first published novel. It was wonderful to hold a copy in my hands. Published in 1985 it is based on the life of a friend - fictionalised. The novel traces the life of Emma who is of mixed Maori and Yugoslav heritage. She was not accepted by either side of her family and the narrative follows her from her traumatic childhood and teenage years to her adult strivings to be accepted as white and middle-class. Finally she reaches a crisis point in her life, and with her marriage dissolving and her sense of identity crumbling, she comes to terms with her dual heritage. It was described by the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, as ...'a strong and compelling novel,a passionate portrayal of one woman's life...and one of the first (NZ) novels to deal honestly with the complex question of mixed ancestry.'
The original is out-of-print but may be obtainable from Trademe or Amazon. It is soon to be produced as an e-book by Tangerine Publications.