This article reviews and compares the literary fictions of the United
States and New Zealand, as they have sought to respond to the ‘occupation,’
1942–1944. During the period in question, approximately 100,000 United States
Army and Marine Corps servicemen landed and resided in New Zealand, where they
undertook final preparations for the island campaigns of the Pacific War. In the
aftermath of the war, American fiction writers wrote of the social and cultural
difficulties endured by New Zealand civilians, but New Zealand writers took longer
to come to terms with the events.