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Daughter of Moloka'i: A Novel (edició 2019)

de Alan Brennert (Autor)

Sèrie: Moloka'i (2)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Daughter of Moloka'i: A Novel
Autors:Alan Brennert (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Press (2019), 328 pages
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More like 3.5 stars. This wasn't as good as Molokai but it was an interesting read nonetheless. The sections describing life in the interment camps were fascinating and I did find all of the characters richly described (that is a key element for me - characterization). One final note- it was an easy read so if you are looking to bring the story of Rachel (Molokai main character) to a satisfying conclusion then you will like this book. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
I liked the sequel to Brennert's Moloka'i better than the original. He develops great characters and does an admirable job describing the beauty of Hawaii, the daily grind of farmers or the specter of racism. This book was not as depressing as the original. It follows the story of Rachel's daughter, Ruth, who Rachel gives up so she can lead a "normal" life; however, in the Catholic orphanage she wonders why her mother did not want her and is teased about being a halo (half Hawaiian, half Japanese), bonding with animals willing to provide unconditional love. Then, her whole world changes when she is adopted and loved by a hard-working Japanese family. They move to California to become half owners of a farm, only to find themselves in debt. Ruth falls in love with a diner owner and is happily married only to be herded into Japanese internment camp, following the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The entire family suffers the indignities of poverty and imprisonment, leading to heartache. Yet, their strong bonds carry them through and Ruth accidentally reads a letter from her birth mother to her Japanese mother, and eventually they unite in the final third of the book, appropriately named o'hana. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Featured at the Review Period with Cat Ellington from 2018-12-12 - 2018-12-26, Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert has been archived for its place in the Reviews by Cat Ellington Complete Anthology book series. Also, I extend a very special thank you to St. Martin's Press for the complimentary copy of this work via NetGalley.
So glad you enjoyed my analysis of your lovely work, Alan Brennert! 😊

• The Review Period with Cat Ellington: http://catellington.blogspot.com/ ( )
  CatEllington | May 10, 2021 |
In Moloka’i and Daughter of Moloka’i, by Alan Brennart, Moloka’i was the home of a leper colony, way into the last century, long past when I though leprosy was a credible disease. When Hawaiians begin showing the first signs of illness, they’re sent to Mokolai, even if that means taking young children away from their parents. Some parts of the books are a bit hard to read, because of the brutality and harsh laws of the Molokai colony, but it’s an accurate picture. There’s a lot going on in this two novels about the colonization of Hawaii and the disparity between local Hawaiians, Japanese residents, and haole. Daughter of Moloka’i tells the story of Ruth, the healthy baby Rachel has on Molokai, but is forced to give up. The connecting threads of friendship and family love make the two books ultimately uplifting. ( )
  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
Daughter of Moloka’i (Moloka’i #2) by Alan Brennert

February 2019
Fiction, historical
St.Martin’s Press and NetGalley

I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and St Martin’s Press in exchange for an unbiased review.

Originally published in 2004, Moloka’i (book 1) by Alan Brennert provides a richly detailed history of Rachel Kalama’s life growing up in a leper colony on Moloka’i, Hawai’i during 1891 to 1948. “Kalaupapa had evolved from a “given grave” where the afflicted could only wait for death to a place where people lived as well as died.”

Rachel lived a full, meaningful life on Kalaupapa where she married Kenji Utagawa. In 1918, they made the heart wrenching decision to put their only child up for adoption. Once it was determined that Ruth was not afflicted she was sent to live in Kapi’olani Home, an orphanage.

Daughter of Moloka’i provides a parallel history of Hawai’i from the perspective experienced by Ruth Utagawa during 1891 to 1948. The historical aspects of life during these years is not overlooked. The author provides well-researched information which allows the reader to understand the hardships and devastation of the time. Ruth was adopted by Taizo and Etsuko Watanabe, a Japanese family, with 3 boys desperately wanting a girl to add to their family. She eventually goes on to marry Frank Haradas and have 2 children of her own.

The stories entwine to provide perspectives of family life and loyalty. Although this novel could easily “stand alone” the emotional family history is enhanced with the “complete” story explained in Moloka’i. ( )
  marquis784 | Feb 15, 2020 |
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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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