Brown Girls

Copyright © John Wesley Ireland, 2004, 2009.

Cover photo by Hinoi Henry. Courtesy of Elijah Communications Ltd. Used with permission.

Cover design by Koleman Ireland.


All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the prior permission of the author. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the author’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover than that in which it is published and without a similar condition, including this condition, being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.


This book is a work of fiction. All names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.


This book is dedicated to my wife, Heather. Without her love, inspiration and support, none of this would have been possible.


My heartfelt thanks to Alice Grey and Brenda Anderson for their invaluable editing expertise.


Meitaki ma’ata to George Pitt and Jeane Matenga, Glen Mills and Kim Holland, Jackie Davis, Moana Vaevae, Tetini Pekepo, Pasha Carruthers, Alicia Ika and Jeff Buick.


I’d also like to extend a special thank you to my muses, those beautiful brown girls who kindly bestowed their friendship on a stranger in a strange land and made him feel welcome: Maeva Arnold, Lena Wong, Tina Kae, Helani Kapi, Michelle Chaloner, Maryanne Short and Kriszara Hoff.

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