Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight upcoming releases we are excited about that we have yet to read.
The book I’m waiting on this week is…
I bought the original Moloka’i a few years ago after reading rave review after rave review! Sadly, I have not yet read it, but I will be very soon in anticipation of Daughter of Moloka’i! Are these covers gorgeous or what?!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA′I is the highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, MOLOKA′I. It’s a companion tale that 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 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. In 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.
“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 LOTUS EATERS
“Alan Brennert is a brilliant scriptwriter. He’s an even better novelist.”
— George R.R. Martin
Have you read Moloka’i or Daughter of Moloka’i, or are either of them on your shelf? Let me know if you are up for a buddy read for Moloka’i. I have a couple people interested so far. Please share your link to Can’t Wait/Waiting on Wednesdays/WWW, so I can check yours out! Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR