Moloka'i

Alan Brennert

St. Martin's Griffin

0312304358

9780312304355

Trade Paperback

416 Pages

$14.99

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Rachel Kalama is a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who dreams of traveling to far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. When a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, those dreams are no longer possibilities. Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i.  Here, separated from her home and family, her life is supposed to end.  Instead, Rachel discovers it is only beginning.  With a cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death.

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"Moloka'i is a haunting story of tragedy in a Pacific paradise."—Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek
 
"Alan Brennert draws on historical accounts of Kalaupapa and weaves in traditional Hawaiian stories and customs . . . Moloka'i is the story of people who had much taken from them but also gained an unexpected new family and community in the process."—Chicago Tribune

"Brennert evokes the evolution of—and hardships on—Moloka'i in engaging prose that conveys a strong sense of place."—National Geographic Traveler

"Brennert's compassion makes Rachel a memorable character, and his smooth storytelling vividly brings early twentieth-century Hawai'i to life."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Alan Brennert is a novelist (Time and Chance) as well as an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter (L.A. Law). He lives in Southern California, but his heart is in Hawai'i.
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  • Alan Brennert

  • Alan Brennert is a novelist as well as an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter.  He lives in Southern California, but his heart is in Hawai'i.
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