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YMMV / The Bone People

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  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The book is full of Maori and Christian symbolism. Kerewin is a literal virgin, making her the Virgin Mary to Joe's Joseph and Simon's Christ.
  • True Art Is Angsty: This novel has child abuse, stomach cancer, spirtiual and cultural alienation, a pedophile and more.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The prose at times, though Your Mileage May Vary.
  • Values Dissonance: None of the characters see anything wrong with letting the eight-year-old Simon drink and smoke.