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The (Future) Vista Cañas Library


(1 customer review)

Author: Alan Brennert

Length: 416 pages
Type: Fiction, Physical Book
Genre: Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction, Historical

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“This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.”


1 review for Moloka’i

  1. Janet Dore

    I have a deep emotional connection with Hawai’i and added this book to my list to learn about one of the many tragic aspects of its history. Moloka’i is the story of Rachel, a woman who was banned to the island as a young girl and lived most of her life there. It’s a fascinating peek into life there in the first half of the 20th century.

    Rachel’s character and strength are incredibly inspiring. I cried more than once and learned so much while I soaked up every vision of the islands created by Alan’s wonderful writing. I love that he brought beauty, love and resilience into a tragic story.

    I look forward to reading Daughter of Moloka’i soon!

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