Only at Target, find the July, 2011, Club Pick "Moloka'i" by Alan Brennert.
Moloka'i follows the spirited Rachel Kalama from Honolulu to a new life, separated from home and family, in a quarantine settlement on the island of Moloka'i. This richly imagined novel is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving tale of triumph over adversity. This special edition, which is only available at Target, includes an exclusive letter from the author.
The people boarding the small, decrepit steamer moored in the Honolulu harbor didn't look sick; they didn't look much different than anyone on the other side of the barricade.
"If they're sick," Rachel asked her mother, "why isn't someone taking care of them?"
As a child in the idyllic Hawai'i of the 1890s, Rachel Kalama is part of a big, loving family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits. When she is seven years old, however, those dreams are stolen from her by the discovery of a rose-colored mark on her skin. Forcibly removed from her family, she is sent to Kalaupapa, an isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'i.
In her exile she finds a family of friends: a native healer, Haleola, who becomes her adopted "auntie" and makes Rachel aware of the rich mythology of her people; Sister Mary Catherine Voorhies, one of the Franciscan sisters who care for the young girls at Kalaupapa; and the beautiful, worldly Leilani, who harbors a surprising secret. But as she grows up and falls in love, even thinks about having a child, Rachel can never forget the barriers between those who are considered “clean” and those who are not.Inspired by historical accounts, Moloka'i is the story of a unforgettable heroine who finds courage and joy in the face of almost imaginable loss.
- Fiction + Literature Genres
- March 13, 2013
- July 5, 2011
- Alan Brennert