Daughter of Moloka'i

Daughter of Moloka'i

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Rachel Kalama was quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa--and forced to give up her daughter at birth. Ruth is taken to the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, and adopted by a Japanese couple who raise her on a farm in California. During World War II Ruth and her husband suffer internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp. After the war, she receives a letter from Rachel. As the two meet and come to love one another, Ruth discovers a past she knew nothing about. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250137661
Branch Call Number: FIC BRENNER 2019
Characteristics: 308 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Jun 02, 2019

Read and enjoyed this as a follow-up to Molokai. One glaring error in the book that the author acknowledges and has fixed in the ebook and paperbacks coming out soon, is the use of the word "hajukin" to mean a white person. The word should be "hakujin".

May 30, 2019

A tale of an adopted girl who was not explained why she was given up for adoption. The anger, shame, feelings of not being loved and the hurts she experienced could have been less if only the "adults" would have talked with her. What information they did give her was just tidbits, such as being part Japanese and part Hawaiian. Which only would made her feel defective. It seemed every time she would find happiness, disaster would strike again rekindling the fire of anger and a desire to be "normal". The tale follows her from birth through some of the most historical modern times of for Hawaii, California and World War II. The author does an excellent job of expressing the causes of the anger and how she is affected by it up into her late 50's. The reader will gain much knowledge of the Japanese/Hawaiian culture during the '30's to 80's. Easy read, hard to put down.

Mar 22, 2019

Both books, "Moloka'i" and "Daughter of Moloka'i" have stories where women and families are 'put away' because of times, feelings and thoughts. Wonderful stories that tell how two women and their families survive it. Author Alan Brennert has done well.


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