Behold the Many

A Novel

Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Behold the Many is the eerily beautiful story of three young sisters, Anah, Aki, and Leah. In 1913, they are sent away from their family for treatment for tuberculosis to an orphanage in Hawaii’s Kalihi Valley. Of the three, two will die there, in spite of the nuns’ best efforts to save them, and only Anah, the eldest, will grow to adulthood.

But the ghosts of the dead children are afraid to leave the grounds of St. Joseph’s, which is the only place they have known as home, and as Anah prepares to begin married life away from the orphanage, these ghost children grow angry. Desperate for the love of this girl who has communicated with them since her childhood, jealous of her ability to live in the physical world, and terrified of losing her, the ghosts are determined to thwart Anah’s happiness. One of them places a curse on her that will reverberate through her future and that of her new family. As Anah struggles to appease the dead and to quiet her own guilt for living, it becomes apparent that only through one of her own daughters can redemption be attained.

Poignant, lyrical, and utterly compelling, Behold the Many is a stunning new novel from the critically acclaimed author Lois-Ann Yamanaka.

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Behold the Many
Kalihi Valley1939The valley is a woman lying on her back, legs spread wide, her geography wet by a constant rain. Waterfalls wash the days and nights of winter storms into the river that empties into the froth of the sea.In the valley, the rain is a gossamer cloth, a tempest of water and leaves. The rain is southerly with strange foreboding. The rain is northerly with cool rime.The rain glistens on maiden fern, the wind rustling the laua'e, the palapalai touching her there where it is always wet and seamy.The valley is a woman with the features of a face, a woman whose eyes watch

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Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Lois-Ann Yamanaka is the author of several novels, including Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers (FSG, 1996), Blu’s Hanging (FSG, 1997), Heads by Harry (FSG, 1999), and Father of the Four Passages (FSG, 2001).

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Behold the Many
A Novel
Lois-Ann Yamanaka

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
January 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429927758
ISBN10: 1429927755
352 pages
$9.99

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Picador
January 2007
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ISBN: 9780312426545
ISBN10: 0312426542
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$14.00
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