Daughter of Moloka'i

Daughter of Moloka'i

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This companion tale to Moloka'i 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250137661
Branch Call Number: F BRE
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 14, 2020

I've read his past books and enjoyed ''Daughter of Moloka'i' very much. It again how illustrates the lack empathy or compassion Americans have towards other nationalities. In these recent days, the U.S. shows the world how they are surely degenerating into a Third World nation. All this, despite the legal election of Biden-Harris as Heads of the country.

Sep 14, 2019


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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