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Daughter of Moloka'i

Daughter of Moloka'i

A Novel

Moloka'i

Alan Brennert

St. Martin's Press

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The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka'i

"A novel of illumination and affection." —USA Today

Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka'i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth.

The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.

Daughter of Moloka'i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka'i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka'i have be… More…

NOW A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY: USA TodayBookRiot • BookBubLibraryReadsOC Register

The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka'i

"A novel of illumination and affection." —USA Today

Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka'i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth.

The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.

Daughter of Moloka'i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka'i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka'i have been awaiting for fifteen years.

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Chapter 1


1919

The sky above Diamond Head was a spray of gold as the sun seemed to rise up out of the crater itself. From atop its windy hill in Kalihiuka—“inland Kalihi”—Kapi'olani Home took in the sweeping...

Praise for Daughter of Moloka'i

2019 LibraryReads Pick!

"Book a long weekend for this one and hold the calls, please." —Honolulu Magazine

"Alan Brennert does more than deliver the long-awaited sequel to has 2003 bestseller, Moloka’i....Brennert’s polished work extends an evocative, emotionally rich family saga to an important moment in American history." —USA Today

"The reunion and blossoming relationship between mother and daughter is rooted in a deep love of Hawaii. Have tissues at hand." —National Geographic

"A stirring story that's destined to join its predecessor on bestseller lists." —The Toronto Star

"A moving story of love, loss, and family bonds." —The Orange County Register

"[An] emotional, gripping sequel to Brennert’s Moloka’i...In Brennert’s skilled hands, Ruth’s story is powerful and urgent." —Publishers Weekly

"Strikes all the right emotional notes.. A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds." —Booklist

“Compelling … will be welcomed by readers.” —Library Journal

"Alan Brennert excels at uncovering the intersection of the big movements of history with the personal stories of ordinary people. He writes with compassion and beauty about both the history of Hawai'i and of the human heart." —Tatjana Soli, author of the The Lotus Eaters

"Daughter of Moloka’i brings to the reader the same heart-wrenching emotional engagement as its predecessor, but also adds another dimension as we witness the differences between… More…


2019 LibraryReads Pick!

"Book a long weekend for this one and hold the calls, please." —Honolulu Magazine

"Alan Brennert does more than deliver the long-awaited sequel to has 2003 bestseller, Moloka’i....Brennert’s polished work extends an evocative, emotionally rich family saga to an important moment in American history." —USA Today

"The reunion and blossoming relationship between mother and daughter is rooted in a deep love of Hawaii. Have tissues at hand." —National Geographic

"A stirring story that's destined to join its predecessor on bestseller lists." —The Toronto Star

"A moving story of love, loss, and family bonds." —The Orange County Register

"[An] emotional, gripping sequel to Brennert’s Moloka’i...In Brennert’s skilled hands, Ruth’s story is powerful and urgent." —Publishers Weekly

"Strikes all the right emotional notes.. A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds." —Booklist

“Compelling … will be welcomed by readers.” —Library Journal

"Alan Brennert excels at uncovering the intersection of the big movements of history with the personal stories of ordinary people. He writes with compassion and beauty about both the history of Hawai'i and of the human heart." —Tatjana Soli, author of the The Lotus Eaters

"Daughter of Moloka’i brings to the reader the same heart-wrenching emotional engagement as its predecessor, but also adds another dimension as we witness the differences between the cultures of Hawaiians and Japanese." —Andy Ross, former owner of Cody's Books in Berkeley

Praise for Moloka'i:

"Alan Brennert is a brilliant scriptwriter. He's an even better novelist." —George R.R. Martin

"A dazzling historical saga." —The Washington Post

"Filled with original, fully realized characters who walk right off the page and into our hearts." —Jim Fergus, author of One Thousand White Women

“Beauty emanates from this poignant historical novel . . . The exquisite splendor of the setting complements the shining portrayal of the human spirit.” —The Huffington Post

“I cannot shake the power of [this] epic novel . . . combining deep historical research with a fired imagination.” —Dan Barry, author of The Boys in the Bunkhouse, in Commonweal Magazine

"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 . . . Set against the backdrop of the Hawaiians’ loss of independence to the U.S., 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

“A poignant story.” —Los Angeles Times

”Compellingly original … Brennert's compassion makes Rachel a memorable character, and his smooth storytelling vividly brings early 20th-century Hawaii to life.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A moving story…a vivid picture of Hawai'i before it became the Touristland it is today.” —Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove

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

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Reviews from Goodreads

Alan Brennert

ALAN BRENNERT is the author of Honolulu, Palisades Park, and Moloka’i, which was a 2006-2007 BookSense Reading Group Pick; won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year; and was a 2012 One Book, One San Diego Selection. He won an Emmy Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series L.A. Law.

Meet the Author

February 19 - May 20, 2019

Meet critically acclaimed novelist, screenwriter, and playwright Alan Brennert as he discusses Daughter of Moloka’i, the follow-up to his beloved national bestseller, Moloka’i.

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