Daughter of Moloka'i

Daughter of Moloka'i

Alan Brennert / Jul 17, 2019

Daughter of Moloka i 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 daughte

  • Title: Daughter of Moloka'i
  • Author: Alan Brennert
  • ISBN: 1250137683
  • Page: 358
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 arri 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook, 1st Edition, 309 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by St Martin s Press More Details ISBN 1250137683 ISBN13 9781250137685 Edition Language English URL Series Moloka i 2 Other Editions 3 All 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Book 2019 Most Anticipated Releases No YA 189 books 313 voters Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 02, 2018 Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing I read the novel Moloka i , when it first came out in 2004, before I joined It s incredibly special to me It was my gift of choice many times Instead of a bottle of wine when invited to friends homes for dinner I brought Moloka i, as a gift for the hostess So, given that Moloka i is one of my favorite special heartfelt books.when I started Daughter of Moloka i , I was excited but worried that it couldn t possibly have the same magic that Moloka i did I began my jou I read the novel Moloka i , when it first came out in 2004, before I joined It s incredibly special to me It was my gift of choice many times Instead of a bottle of wine when invited to friends homes for dinner I brought Moloka i, as a gift for the hostess So, given that Moloka i is one of my favorite special heartfelt books.when I started Daughter of Moloka i , I was excited but worried that it couldn t possibly have the same magic that Moloka i did I began my journey reading and turning pagesFor the entire first half of the book, I was enjoying the characters but often felt I knew what was coming next The predictability didn t bother me but I knew I had two concerns My biggest was that this book wouldn t have the magic that Moloka i did See how concerned I was.This is my second time mentioning my desire for the MAGIC melting floating dreamlike heaven on earth love love love quality , that Moloka i had And honestly lots of honesty in this review , it didn t have it YET Not for the first half Plus I had another worry I feared I knew too much about the subject matter in Daughter of Moloka i speaking of the historical history Japanese immigrants during WW II and the injustice of internment.whereas, when I read Molokai, I didn t know anything about leprosy In both novels, the history was horrific injustice But OH MY GOSHI KID YOU NOT and I was a hard ass cookie coming at this book with a critical eye as in don t mess with my Moloka i you can laugh now for being too overly dramatic and possessive.BUT I TURNED INTO MUSH TWICE then a THIRD time when I was talking to Paul in bed this morning I was a wet sloppy noodle Emotionallythis book got to me Especially around the themes between mothers and daughters As a mother myself I have often asked myself the question, what is it I would like to most pass on to my daughters Mother s beware you might cry once or twice Commercial Break Note to the Author Alan, when it comes to YOU and ANY BOOK with HAWAII in itI should know by now Your book Honolulu was FANTASTIC, tooand it had MAGIC.at it quality you do SO WELLthat I will NEVER DOUBT YOU AGAIN Any time you write a book about Hawaii it s MAGICAL You can t do anything less Back to Daughter of Moloka i So, something change for me about half way into my reading we do need the story in the first half though , this went from a good book, likable, to simply wonderful Just like when you make a new friend, you might see a lot of qualities you admire, but it s not the same as when that something clicks An intimacy has bonded you I became deeper invested in the story the I read and the characters became like family to me.I felt pride thankful that Alan wrote this noveling parts of it in my city We have a lot of Japanese American history here in San Jose Japantown, itself is a thriving community Manzanar, located in Inyo County, near the foot of the Sierra, Nevada in California, is one of ten American concentration camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were interned during World War II from December 1942 to 1945 You learn about this first hand experientially through the storytelling Horrible unfair times We take an engaging beautiful bittersweet journey with Ruth starting from when she was separated from her mother at birth Ruth s temperament and personality begins to take shape very young She loves animals passionately her entire life She s a precocious strong willed little girl who grows up to be a remarkable independent gracious wife mother and career mother by choice A great daughter friend She s outspoken and stands for civil rights.r all justice empowering her own daughters wishes as well She s a modern thinking woman as she was as a child before she even understood herself The hotel Sainte Claire right downtown here in San Jose is where Ruth is reunited with her birth mother Rachel For 32 years she was angry at this strange woman, because she never understood why her birth mother didn t want her She s about to find out The Sainte Claire was one of finest hotels in San Jose in the 1920s when it was built Even today One of the oldest hotels in our city it s still gorgeous Ruth s husband Frank, is a great man their children are lovely too The Japanese culture of honor fidelity and humbleness is inspiring Ruth s adopted parents are wonderful things that happen are horrific but this family sticks together It s when Ruth meets her mother for the first time at the Sainte Claire, when I was on the edge of having tears for the rest of the book Sobbing tears a couple of times Granted I m extra sensitive these days with some medical problems butthe writing made me cry I haven t even mentioned parts in Hawaii yet,.Maui,.Molokai, etcAlan Brennert does Hawaiian descriptions brilliantly You ll want to be thereI could picture the banyan trees, the flowers, the glorious colors of the waterose morning skies, rainbows, the lush tropical areas Sentences like this gave me goosebumps Blue and black striped butterflyfishes nibbled on plankton on the rocky bottom, as an electric blue unicornfish munched on a strand of seaweed Purple mushrooms, black coral, orange scorpionfish , etc etc I get excited just thinking about Hawaii Paul and spent our honeymoon in Maui and Kawai 14 days and last year we bought a condo vacation unit on the beach in Maui And our daughter will be having her wedding party in Hawaii next year We ve got some Hawaii attachments The way in which Alan wraps this story up and ties it in with the story we started with Moloka i , back in 2004, has ALL THE QUALITIES I WAS HOPING FOR I m melting jello The magic was in Moloka i The magic is in Daughter of Moloka i flag 120 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Jan 13, 2019 James rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 1 fiction, 3 multi book series, 4 historical fiction, 9 read 2019 01 january, 7 netgalley Around ten years ago, someone in my book club selected Moloka i as our monthly read I wasn t sure I d like the book as I knew very little about Hawaii or leprosy, but it was a chance to learn By the end of the novel, I was in tears and had scheduled a trip to visit the islands It was a major hit at our book club meeting and I fondly recalled the book for several years Last month, I was searching NetGalley to see what was newly released when this book showed in my queue WHAT, A SEQUEL I qui Around ten years ago, someone in my book club selected Moloka i as our monthly read I wasn t sure I d like the book as I knew very little about Hawaii or leprosy, but it was a chance to learn By the end of the novel, I was in tears and had scheduled a trip to visit the islands It was a major hit at our book club meeting and I fondly recalled the book for several years Last month, I was searching NetGalley to see what was newly released when this book showed in my queue WHAT, A SEQUEL I quickly requested it, waited days to find out if I d be granted the approval, and messaged my former book club members to tell them about it When I was awarded the book, I moved it up the queue and read it this week This novel was truly a wonderful read and lived up to the first book it s a high recommendation from me.The sequel starts in the 1920s at an orphanage where Ruth, a young girl, has been dropped off by her parents, for adoption While she didn t have leprosy, Ruth s parents did which meant they couldn t raise her for fear of further spreading the disease Ruth waited years to be adopted because she s half Japanese and half Hawaiin few potential adopters were interested in taking her with them after a visitation All Ruth wants is her own pet a cow, a dog, anything but the orphanage can t allow it One day, a Japanese couple arrive and adopt her Ruth finds a wonderful home and everything she deserves falls into place for a few years Her adoptive father s brother asks them to move from Hawaii to California to help farm his land They do, but they find resistance to Japanese by Americans By the time Pearl Harbor occurred, life for anyone of Japanese descent in mainland America was impacted Ruth and her entire family, including new husband, Frank, and their two kids, were placed in various relocation camps across the Western US Pain, death, and regret follow the family for a few years.As a reader, I came to tears several times, but they also have wonderful moments and relationships that deliver a strong balance in emotional terms About 2 3 into the book, Ruth receives a letter from her biological mother explaining why she was given up for adoption Should Ruth meet the woman Who is she and what is her connection to the characters from the first book in the series Author Alan Brennert delivers a powerhouse of emotions and history in this sequel which I feel is definitely a parallel match Not only do we learn about the culture of Hawaii but about Japan in this second installment To understand what happened to Japanese Americans in the 30s and 40s was difficult and crushing It was equally as crushing as the deaths at Pearl Harbor and in WW2 as a result of all the fighting, but the focus here was on those around Ruth and her family.The book ultimately chronicles Ruth s life from age 3 to 55 when she s grown with her own kids who are beginning to think about marriage in the late 1960s after the Korean War efforts We walk step by step with her as she loses family members, gains new ones, finds her connection to animals in a second life, and understands who she really is The language in this book, whether it s Hawaiin, Japanese, or American English, is inspiring It shows the flavor of the world Ruth lived in, both good and bad At times, I laughed Others, I teared up To see a 50 thousand foot version of someone s life throughout the middle of the 20th century during many horrific wars is quite impacting We learn of a few different things that happened during the first book that we didn t know then, but from a different perspective We re visit a few of those scenes again just to make connections It s quite comforting and eye opening to learn things that we hadn t know happened to Ruth s family before she was born.I can t say enough good things about this sequel perhaps in a few parts it was a tad slow and repetitive, but that s so minor, it didn t bother me I still give this book a full 5 stars flag 81 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Jan 20, 2019 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 netgalley challenge, historical fiction, literature I had been anxious to read this novel since Molokai was one of my all time favorite books I think the descriptive writing in this book is just as wonderful as in his previous novels First the descriptions of Hawaii were breathtaking and it was hard to believe that anyone would want to leave there But I m getting ahead of myself The story really starts when Ruth a little girl of 8, is living in an orphanage on the islands because her mother was forced to give her up If you haven t read the f I had been anxious to read this novel since Molokai was one of my all time favorite books I think the descriptive writing in this book is just as wonderful as in his previous novels First the descriptions of Hawaii were breathtaking and it was hard to believe that anyone would want to leave there But I m getting ahead of myself The story really starts when Ruth a little girl of 8, is living in an orphanage on the islands because her mother was forced to give her up If you haven t read the first book you might wonder why, the reason was that she had leprosy At that time lepers were kept on the separate island of Molokai in an attempt to reduce the spread of the disease, nothing was really known about leprosy then When a baby was born they were taken into a special home and if they show no signs of disease after one year of age they are put up for adoption.Little Ruth had almost given up hope of being adopted, she realizes she is different because she has different eyes than most of the other kids She is half Hawaiian and half Japanese On a wonderful day a Japanese couple arrive and fall in love with Ruth They have three sons but have always wanted a daughter Ruth finally has a home, a real home with love and siblings and her own little space in the flat above her new father s thriving wood making shop Her father begins to get letters from his brother in California who would like him and his family to come and share in the ownership of his land, he grows strawberries and grapes At first her father is uncertain but eventually he moves his family to California Unfortunately they encounter extreme racism against them and conditions on the land and his brother s fortune aren t as they were portrayed They begin to farm the land and reap the ever ripening harvest, they are making a go of it and then the unimaginable happens and the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor By this time Ruth is married to Frank and they have two children FDR issues the order that all Japanese will have to relocated away from the West Coast They are relocated to what is little than abandoned army barracks, some are even in the stables Still they try to make the best of the terrible situation, making some friends and fixing up their small space to feel like home To learn what happened to the Japanese in the 30 s and 40 s is heartbreaking and I kept wondering why this isn t in children s history books, maybe it is now but it wasn t when my daughters went to school.The book follows Ruth from age 3 to about 55, the good parts and the sad parts I don t want to give away any of the plot The author delivers another great character driven novel in which we get to know Ruth s family I must admit that I didn t feel quite the connection to this story as to Molokai Perhaps it was because in the first book we learn so much about Hawaii and how leprosy is treated along with the incredible nurses and other help who risked their own lives to work among the lepers This made such a huge impact on my heart This book I feel is about the internment camps and I have read several books about them and so wasn t that much surprised about the conditions, etc.This is still a wonderful read but I would encourage reading Molokai first because there is a lot of background history to learn about Ruth and all of the lepers and how they overcame their afflictions, tried to help others and live in the moments that they had.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley flag 57 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Dorie Traveling Sister just_me wrote I hope to read this, too, coz I also loved Moloka i a lot Nice review thank you, I hope you enjoy it Jan 27, 2019 09 56AM Bookworm Having just finished Moloka i, I wondered if this sequel would focus on internment camps Sounds like a good read Wonderful review Jan 27, 2019 11 00AM Jul 07, 2018 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves advance copy, 1 also at lt, dogs, from author publisher, author, fiction, historical fiction, novel, orphaned and quasi orphaned kids, san francisco I am so angry I posted a review on 7 6 of the only text edition here, ISBN 7 978 250 13766 1 The edition and my likes and at least 17 comments are gone, missing I read a paperback advance readers edition Re posting on 7 7 I m deeply grateful to Danielle Prielipp from the book s publisher, St Martin s Press, for contacting me and offering me this advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review The book is not due to be on sale until 2019 02 19 and I was delighted to receive my copy I am so angry I posted a review on 7 6 of the only text edition here, ISBN 7 978 250 13766 1 The edition and my likes and at least 17 comments are gone, missing I read a paperback advance readers edition Re posting on 7 7 I m deeply grateful to Danielle Prielipp from the book s publisher, St Martin s Press, for contacting me and offering me this advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review The book is not due to be on sale until 2019 02 19 and I was delighted to receive my copy so far in advance, late in the day on 2018 07 02 I was thrilled to have this opportunity because the first book Moloka i is one of my favorite books I m always worried when I receive a copy for review, afraid I won t like the book, but the anxiety I felt was worth it, and thankfully I also loved this sequel.This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Moloka i first and then reading this book I think doing that will make for a much richer reading experience I do plan to get the hardcover edition and at some point I d love to reread the two books consecutively I was worried because I d read the first book over seven years ago and figured I d forgotten a lot, and I had, but some of my memories came back, and the author did a great job of giving than adequate background of what had happened in the earlier book Still I m glad to have read the first book first It took me only a part of the first chapter to become fully immersed in the story and its characters.It s not a long book but it manages to feel like a saga, and I love sagas So much is covered, and in a long timeline, including many people, relationships, and animals play an important role too.This book made me laugh and it broke my heart and it warmed my heart I love this author s writing style and compelling storytelling It s amazing how in so few words he can give characters and relationships such complexity and how well he interweaves them all with the many locales and with important historical events I was so pleased what great senses of humor are exhibited by these people they made me laugh Everything feels so immediate, not just the people and events, but also the scenery, the food, the cultures, the places I felt as though I was there in all of the times and places Until I read this book I hadn t realized how important it was to me to get reacquainted with Rachel and to learn about the rest of her story, and how wonderful it was to get to know Ruth, and other people too I absolutely adored young animal loving, funny, smart, endearing Ruth and would have never hesitated to adopt her myself, and I loved watching her grow up and to see the woman she becomes I love so much about this family including view spoiler how Ruth becomes nearly vegetarian and why, and how Peggy becomes a veterinarian hide spoiler It s an incredibly good coming of age story Some of the locations were local or near local for me so of particular interest to me I d only happened to learn fairly recently about the Tanforan detention facility very near to me it s now a shopping center though I ve known about Manzanar and the other concentration camps from an early age This part of American history being incorporated into this story was genius, and sobering, particularly with the United States current administration, made all the powerful for me because I was reading this book over July 4th, Independence Day Even though I ve read a lot of WWII books, I learned a lot from this historical fiction novel There have always been some things to despise about some people and some things that the United States has done I find it flabbergasting but not only did I learn about life in Manzanar and the inhumane and barbaric treatment of those with Japanese ancestry during the war, but somehow I learned about a plethora of other subject matter Hawaiian and Japanese language and culture, certain farming practices, how life was in earlier decades, and so much I was horrified to learn some of the things that were done, including how some current local place names honor some people who do not deserve that honor I was right to add this to my dogs bookshelf when I was still early on in the book Not for the first time I thought perhaps I should have a cats shelf I was deeply touched by the familial relationships and friendships Lack of family and close families seem so understood in these pages I was near tears for many of the last pages and the last line had me in tears Just beautiful This is mostly a well written book There were just a few lines that I found clumsy but only one of them took me out of the story I thought that the last sentence in chapter 5 was laughably awful, and I hope it will be tweaked before the very final edition is published If it it had been the first sentence of the book it could be a contender in the Bulwer Lytoon Fiction Contest www means Wretched Writers Welcome , but that sentence was VERY different from the rest of the writing in the book, I think, and so an anomaly I will tell the publisher my opinion about it, though maybe I am wrong and being too harsh and maybe others will think it s a great line That line and those other few less important lines, and the fact that rarely but than once the narrative slightly veered into education and out of a perfectly natural flow to the story, almost had me deduct a half star and give it 4 1 2 vs 5 stars, but in the end the book was good enough for me to give it 5 full stars I was completely sucked into the characters, the relationships, the locales, the history, and the tale as a whole The Epilogue is a fine and important section, and I ll be adding many of the mentioned books to my to read shelf This is a must read book for readers who enjoyed the book Moloka i I also highly recommend it both books for readers who would like to read about racism, Hansen s Disease, WWII in the United States, American history especially pertaining to Hawaii and California, anyone who enjoys historical fiction books, anyone who enjoys coming of age books, and people who love dogs and cats and other animals and those who are interested in what we remember and what we forget.There are many quotable lines My favorite might be marveled at how two souls two completely different species could make each other so happy If you were kind to animals, they repaid that kindness a thousandfold People disappointed animals never did Edited to Add I do have to add that it s remarkable how true to themselves the characters and their relationships stay throughout their lifetimes Also that I m thinking of Moloka I and this book as one long story.Edited to Add, again This book is a stellar book about the immigrant experience For any reader interested in the subject, it s a must read book flag 37 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Sep 27, 2018 megs_bookrack marked it as to read Shelves historical fiction to read, arcs to read, 2019 releases I m done, I am going home for the day and cashing in ARC received and I am so happy I wanted this one sooooo much This is the companion novel to Alan Brennert s 2004 novel, Moloka i which follows Rachel Kalama, a young Hawaiian girl who is separated from her family and sent to live in a leprosy colony Mokoka i is one of the most beautiful and moving historical fiction novels I have EVER read and I am absolutely beside myself that we are getting a second book in this world If it is anythi I m done, I am going home for the day and cashing in ARC received and I am so happy I wanted this one sooooo much This is the companion novel to Alan Brennert s 2004 novel, Moloka i which follows Rachel Kalama, a young Hawaiian girl who is separated from her family and sent to live in a leprosy colony Mokoka i is one of the most beautiful and moving historical fiction novels I have EVER read and I am absolutely beside myself that we are getting a second book in this world If it is anything like this first one, I am in for a very special treat Yayeeeeeeee flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 26, 2018 Guy Aoki rated it it was amazing I worked with the author on verifying historical facts, linguistic and cultural terms, so I read the advance original manuscript i was knocked out by Alan s gift how he makes you feel the essence of every character and puts you in their shoes This sweeping epic covers 54 years from 1916 to 1970 and takes you from Honolulu to Northern California to the Japanese American concentration camps of World War II where 120,000 loyal immigrants and citizens were interned for 3 4 years simply because o I worked with the author on verifying historical facts, linguistic and cultural terms, so I read the advance original manuscript i was knocked out by Alan s gift how he makes you feel the essence of every character and puts you in their shoes This sweeping epic covers 54 years from 1916 to 1970 and takes you from Honolulu to Northern California to the Japanese American concentration camps of World War II where 120,000 loyal immigrants and citizens were interned for 3 4 years simply because of their race, not for anything they had actually done , Ruth and her family s struggle to get back on their feet, and Ruth s attempts to reconcile her ethnic background.And the last sentence of the book is pure perfection I cannot recommend Daughter Of Moloka i highly flag 16 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 29, 2018 Jaksen rated it liked it Shelves giveaways I won this book through the giveaway program Thank you so much, A good enough read, though simply written About a girl born to lepers and raised first by nuns, then a family in Hawaii Eventually she comes to mainland US, gets caught up in an internment camp during WWII and yes, meets her birth mother It s a looong tale but it never drew me in.I tend to read mysteries, books with puzzles in them, characters with great depth who say and do and think in remarkable ways and this book j I won this book through the giveaway program Thank you so much, A good enough read, though simply written About a girl born to lepers and raised first by nuns, then a family in Hawaii Eventually she comes to mainland US, gets caught up in an internment camp during WWII and yes, meets her birth mother It s a looong tale but it never drew me in.I tend to read mysteries, books with puzzles in them, characters with great depth who say and do and think in remarkable ways and this book just didn t do that for me It falls in the heart warming or sentimental category However, I can see why many readers might find this a tremendous read and get all wound up in itAs for me three stars, or fair, a C on the grading scale flag 13 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 04, 2018 marilyn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley This is Alan Brennert s sequel to his 2004 book Moloka i I ve not read Moloka i and it s not necessary to do so in order to read and enjoy Daughter of Moloka i, but I ll be reading Moloka i soon, as soon as my heart settles and absorbs what I read in this book I knew some things about the internment of the Japanese or anyone with Japanese blood, on United States soil, during World War II, but I really didn t know what it was like or see the faces or know the names This book gives me greater i This is Alan Brennert s sequel to his 2004 book Moloka i I ve not read Moloka i and it s not necessary to do so in order to read and enjoy Daughter of Moloka i, but I ll be reading Moloka i soon, as soon as my heart settles and absorbs what I read in this book I knew some things about the internment of the Japanese or anyone with Japanese blood, on United States soil, during World War II, but I really didn t know what it was like or see the faces or know the names This book gives me greater insight into how very wrong and horrible this was for this to happen to law abiding, loyal, hardworking, Americans and future Americans who lost so much, often everything, during this time of unjust imprisonment But this book is about much than that particular time It s about the life of Ruth, the daughter of Hawaiian Rachael and her Japanese husband, both quarantined at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa, who had to give up Ruth, within hours of her birth Ruth didn t know why she had been given up until decades later, when she received letter from her birth mother, hoping to meet her or at least to hear Ruth s voice The book might seem slow to others, the action is not that of a thriller despite so much going on in the world of Ruth, but what she and her family and friends endured was lived one day at a time and I could feel the long days of sadness, worry, and amazement that their country would do such things to them.At the age of five, Ruth was able to leave the Kapi olani Home for Girls in Honolulu when she was adopted by a Japanese couple with three young sons We learn so much about both the Japanese and later, Hawaiian cultures, and the love of these people for nature, history, family, land, honor, life and death Ruth has a very strong connection to animals and the book starts with this connection, carries it throughout the book, and then ends with this connection I couldn t write this review until a day after I finished this book because I couldn t stop crying when I would try to even think of how to write down the words I wanted to say, and it was that animal connection that brought out the tears Know that his book shows the love of life, of animals, and nature with it s treatment of all those things The love between family members and their friends, the strong sense of honor that led to very hard decisions, the pride of these people that allowed them to live full lives even during internment, and the humbleness of these people, who upon release from the camps, realizing the horrors inflicted on Jewish people in the concentration camps, knowing they could have endured so much worse than they did, all these things are full of love, forgiveness, sadness and hope I know that sentence is too long but this book is so full of emotions for me, I can t put all my thoughts and feeling for it, on this page The real heart of this story though, is the love Ruth has for her family despite sometimes chafing under the traditions and also not feeling a compete part of her family because she was only half Japanese Later, when she meets her birth mother, she meets her other half and the two parts come together The love both mothers have for her and the respect they have for the other mother, is what shows that this world always has hope when we can treat each other with the love that these women show to others, not exactly like them This is my honest review and I thank St Martin s Press and NetGalley for this Advance Read Copy flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 04, 2018 Melodie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 4000 books, historical fiction This is the sequel to Moloka i to be published early 2019 I was incredibly excited to be offered a chance to read this and offer an honest review The story of Rachel Kalama, quarantined for leprosy, continues with the birth of her daughter Ruth Taken from her mother and placed in an orphanage, Ruth was subsequently adopted by a Japanese couple Her life unfolds with history as she moves from Hawaii to a farm in California From the relative safety of her upbringing within the local community, This is the sequel to Moloka i to be published early 2019 I was incredibly excited to be offered a chance to read this and offer an honest review The story of Rachel Kalama, quarantined for leprosy, continues with the birth of her daughter Ruth Taken from her mother and placed in an orphanage, Ruth was subsequently adopted by a Japanese couple Her life unfolds with history as she moves from Hawaii to a farm in California From the relative safety of her upbringing within the local community, she comes of age, falls in love With the Pearl Harbor attack, the undercurrent of bigotry becomes overt, and her family is subjected to internment.And in the maturity of her years, she finds herself facing challenge after challenge, including the reappearance of her birth mother.I was thoroughly engrossed in this story from start to finish Alan Brennert is a true master story teller.Thank you so much to Net Galley, the author and publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 26, 2018 Kristie marked it as to read Shelves 2019, historical_fiction, library I loved Moloka i, but I was declined by NetGalley for this one and my library doesn t have it I ll get to it eventually.Edit My library ordered it and I m the first hold flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 29, 2018 DeAnn rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 5 teary stars to this one, Alan Brennert is a fantastic storyteller and has created memorable charactersFull review to come flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 02, 2018 Karen Macedo rated it it was amazing review of another edition I won this book in a giveaway.Thank you to St Martins Press I loved the first book Moloka i and this did not disappoint The story is about Rachel s daughter Ruth who she had to give up at birth because of the laws concerning anyone with leprosy who gave birth Alan Brennert is truly a gifted writer flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Sara rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves hawaii, wwii, japan There s a line in the author s note at the end of this novel that reads, details about the lives of real people in this story were confirmed through Ancestry, surely the greatest boon to historical novelists ever And this was truly a great historical novel, so rich in details I found myself down an internet rabbit hole after every chapter looking up images of everything mentioned, especially the Japanese internment camps Daughter of Moloka i is the long awaited, fan requested companion n There s a line in the author s note at the end of this novel that reads, details about the lives of real people in this story were confirmed through Ancestry, surely the greatest boon to historical novelists ever And this was truly a great historical novel, so rich in details I found myself down an internet rabbit hole after every chapter looking up images of everything mentioned, especially the Japanese internment camps Daughter of Moloka i is the long awaited, fan requested companion novel to Moloka i It kicks right off with the story of Rachel s from Moloka i baby Ruth arriving to the Kapi olani Home for Girls in O ahu and then follows Ruth s adoption into a Japanese family, their move to California, and their interment during WWII I definitely don t want to give anything away but for fans of the first novel, there s a satisfying conclusion provided here for all of our beloved characters If it has been a while since you ve read Moloka i I d suggest reading a plot summary before diving into this one If you haven t read Moloka i you can read this one without it, it definitely can stand alone however, going in reverse and reading Daughter of before Moloka i won t be as satisfying On the back cover of this ARC there is a very confusing quote from George R.R Martin Alan Brennert is a brilliant scriptwriter He s an even better novelist Confusing until you google Brennert and it turns out he s written episodes for Stargate Atlantis and Star Trek Enterprise among others and won a Nebula award for a short story in 1991 Very cool flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 06, 2018 Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves asia dispora, historical fiction, interracial pers, united states, world war 2 If you are a fan of Moloka i this second in the series will not disappoint I found it just as engaging and the characters are as well drawn as the first story Mr Brennert is an author of high caliber You can see the characters, you can feel the wind and smell the flowers.Ruth is born to Rachel Hawaiian and her Japanese husband in Hawaii s famous leper colony Moloka i She is taken away an hour later, to see if she demonstrate symptoms of leprosy When she does not, she is sent to a Hawaiia If you are a fan of Moloka i this second in the series will not disappoint I found it just as engaging and the characters are as well drawn as the first story Mr Brennert is an author of high caliber You can see the characters, you can feel the wind and smell the flowers.Ruth is born to Rachel Hawaiian and her Japanese husband in Hawaii s famous leper colony Moloka i She is taken away an hour later, to see if she demonstrate symptoms of leprosy When she does not, she is sent to a Hawaiian orphanage, where eventually, a Japanese couple adopt her, when she is six They end up in California farming the less fruitful region only to be relocated to the internment camps set up for the Japanese persons living in the U.S in May 1942, in reaction to Pearl Harbor While much of the novel focuses on this period, the war ends and they return to California, only to discover that the grudges held by many Caucasians has increased since war with Japan began with many blaming those living in the U.S who said Hate was rational Ruth and her husband begin their live again, and raise their children in the California Eventually, Ruth meets her mother, Rachel, who is getting treated with medication for the leprosy which has been identified as a bacterial infection Rachel and Ruth and her family both her adoptive and her husband and children develop a relationship, which is rich in love and affection.The story has many highs and lows While there are villains, there are also heroes, among Hawaiians, Japanese, and Caucasians The story is vivid and never slogs along It was of the same high standards as the first.One of my favorite movies is Come See the Paradise that follows a mixed race couple s separation when Pearl Harbor and the Internment impacts them There were elements that reminded me of that however, they are very different stories.I think this is in the top 5 of the 100 books I ve read so far this year I was overjoyed to win an advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest opinion Thank you to the author you are gifted , St Martin s Press, and for facilitating this opportunity.Y all want to get yourself a copy flag 7 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 03, 2019 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it Shelves provided by netgalley My coworker loaned me their copy of Moloka i about a month before I saw that Alan Brennert was releasing Daughter of Moloka i Apparently the stars aligned for me and Netgalley approved me for a copy of Daughter of Moloka i So my end of the year reading has primarily been based on the novel of these two women, Rachel and her daughter Ruth HUGE DISCLAIMER Reading without having read Maloka i would be doing yourself a huge disfavor Maloka i is a beautifully touching story that most readers My coworker loaned me their copy of Moloka i about a month before I saw that Alan Brennert was releasing Daughter of Moloka i Apparently the stars aligned for me and Netgalley approved me for a copy of Daughter of Moloka i So my end of the year reading has primarily been based on the novel of these two women, Rachel and her daughter Ruth HUGE DISCLAIMER Reading without having read Maloka i would be doing yourself a huge disfavor Maloka i is a beautifully touching story that most readers won t soon forget.Let s move on to the daughterRuth was born to Rachel Kalama when she was quarantined on the island of Kalaupapa where people with leprosy essentially went to die The infants are almost immediately removed from their parents care These babies are closely monitored to see if they show signs of having the disease as well The ones who survived past a year were sent to an orphanage This orphanage is where we meet Ruth and her story begins.Alan Brennert s Daughter of Maloka i is just as moving as it s companion novel We readers get to see her grow up and experience many losses, many gains, ups, downs, and all that comes with life As I write this review I think about the many losses both women experienced and those losses were always because of someone else s fears and bias.People feared leprosy, therefore Rachel was forced to leave her home at the young age of seven People feared the Japanese, therefore Ruth s family lost almost all they worked so hard to build while they were forced into Interment camps during World War II A huge part of me gets so mad at what fear and racism drive societies to do to allow be done to other people It s like some WALL of hate humans are incapable of overcoming and it happens generation after generation.Luckily, there are novels like Alan Brennert s that prove to people like me there s always a reason for hope After the world hands you shitty cards, hope keeps you go fishing Anyway My rant is overAlan Brennert s Daughter of Maloka i is a well written story that one can easily become immersed in The main characters are beautifully drawn and Ruth is such an interesting character, much like her mother Rachel But I do have a gripe Just one small gripeIt might be due to the fact that I read Maloka i only a few weeks ago that the magic of it was still fresh in my mind I felt connected to the way that story unfolded than this one Ruth s story felt very terse as if a followup was expected and the author did not have his heart in it completely I may be the minority in having this opinion but I remember feeling every sort of emotion there was possible with Maloka i but this novel left me wanting Sure this was a good read, hence my 4 star rating, but there was something missing that I couldn t quite put my finger on.Either way, Daughter of Maloka i is a must read for those who loved Maloka i After reading both novels, I realize there s so much history that I need to research regarding the West Coast Copy Provided by St Martin s Press via Netgalley flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 16, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing review of another edition I have enjoyed Alan Brennart s previous excellent historical novels Molokai is a particular favorite The main character of this novel, Ruth, is the daughter of Rachel and Kenji, who were forced by law to give up their child since they both suffered from Hansen s disease, and lived in the leper colony on the island of Molokai Their daughter, Ruth, was placed in a Catholic orphanage until she was adopted by a Japanese couple at age 5 We follow Ruth through her happy childhood in Hawaii, and the I have enjoyed Alan Brennart s previous excellent historical novels Molokai is a particular favorite The main character of this novel, Ruth, is the daughter of Rachel and Kenji, who were forced by law to give up their child since they both suffered from Hansen s disease, and lived in the leper colony on the island of Molokai Their daughter, Ruth, was placed in a Catholic orphanage until she was adopted by a Japanese couple at age 5 We follow Ruth through her happy childhood in Hawaii, and the prejudice the family encounters when they move to California, culminating in their confinement to the Manzanar internment camp The characters are so vividly portrayed they seem like friends, the plot is compelling, and the wonderful writing and unparalleled historical research combine to make this one of the most moving books I have read in a very long time highly recommended flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 13, 2018 Erica rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways I loved the first book, Moloka i, and was excited to see that there would be a sequel released soon Fortunately, I didn t have long to wait because I was one of the lucky winners of a giveaway of an advanced reader copy I enjoyed Daughter of Moloka i very much Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and the subject of Japanese internment camps is one I am very interested in and embarrassed to admit that I only recently learned about The part of the book that described the i I loved the first book, Moloka i, and was excited to see that there would be a sequel released soon Fortunately, I didn t have long to wait because I was one of the lucky winners of a giveaway of an advanced reader copy I enjoyed Daughter of Moloka i very much Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and the subject of Japanese internment camps is one I am very interested in and embarrassed to admit that I only recently learned about The part of the book that described the internment and what the Japanese Americans endured was the most interesting and engrossing for me but I loved the other themes in the book especially the cultures, relationships, and adoption issues My favorite characters and the ones who touched me the most were Ruth s adoptive parents Thank you so much to the giveaway program for this ARC flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 25, 2018 Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways What an incredibly well written book I think at one point very early on, I might have had a critique or two but those were long ago forgotten I m absolutely in love with the story I laughed, I cried, I felt like I was part of Ruth s ohaha I m sorry the rest of you have to wait until 2019 to enjoy I m off to find Moloka i now so I can read about Rachel What an incredibly well written book I think at one point very early on, I might have had a critique or two but those were long ago forgotten I m absolutely in love with the story I laughed, I cried, I felt like I was part of Ruth s ohaha I m sorry the rest of you have to wait until 2019 to enjoy I m off to find Moloka i now so I can read about Rachel flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Nancy rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Alan Brennert s novel 2003 Moloka i has a huge fan base and is much beloved among historical fiction readers Now he continues the story in Daughter of Moloka i.In the first novel, we meet Rachel in the Hawaiian leper colony, with the infant Ruth taken from her parents and placed in a Catholic orphanage to protect her from developing their leprosy In this new novel, Brennert continues Ruth story as she is adopted by a Japanese couple They move to California where they come up against anti Japa Alan Brennert s novel 2003 Moloka i has a huge fan base and is much beloved among historical fiction readers Now he continues the story in Daughter of Moloka i.In the first novel, we meet Rachel in the Hawaiian leper colony, with the infant Ruth taken from her parents and placed in a Catholic orphanage to protect her from developing their leprosy In this new novel, Brennert continues Ruth story as she is adopted by a Japanese couple They move to California where they come up against anti Japanese sentiment The family is caught up in the horror of relocation camps during WWII, suffering a division when a loyalty oath compels the patriarch a choice that leads to repatriation Ruth s story is continued as the family struggles to regain what they have lost And in the end, Ruth is reunited with her birth mother and learns her heritage Readers will learn a lot about Hawaiian and Japanese culture and religion.Brennert does not shy from including gruesome stories of racist injustice, scenes that are far disturbing than those shared in other recent novels about Manzanar which I have read Years ago I read Brennert s novel Honolulu and enjoyed it I already had Moloka i on my Kindle and intended to read it before Daughter of Moloka i but only read about half of it Consequently, my emotional involvement in the reunion at the end of the novel was weaker.Overall, my response to both novels was lacking I don t know if I was just burned out by too much historical fiction, especially about these events, or if I was burned out by family sagas, or if the prose just didn t work for me The events covered are certainly intense and relevant But I didn t really get into the characters and often felt there was too much telling and not enough action Scenes I wished were acted out were only referred to, and other scenes took up too much space.But that s me, and I am often out of sync with mainstream readers Because people love these novels and characters.I can t find fault with Brennert s commitment to using fiction to broaden reader s knowledge of history and the ways the American government has grievously erred and still errors practicing racism that employs unjust and cruel laws So, kudos to Brennert And may readers everywhere love these characters and pledge that America s past moral failing not continue be perpetrated in the future.I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 24, 2018 Marilyn rated it it was amazing review of another edition I was so excited and nervous when I heard that Alan Brennert had written a sequel to Moloka i Having read Moloka i when it was first published, I had not envisioned a sequel Moloka i was and still is one of my favorite books Therefore, I was a little apprehensive about reading Daughter of Moloka i, wondering if it could possibly compete with the feelings I had when I read Moloka i Based on my rating I gave Daughter of Moloka i by Alan Brennert, I am sure you guessed that it did Once I began I was so excited and nervous when I heard that Alan Brennert had written a sequel to Moloka i Having read Moloka i when it was first published, I had not envisioned a sequel Moloka i was and still is one of my favorite books Therefore, I was a little apprehensive about reading Daughter of Moloka i, wondering if it could possibly compete with the feelings I had when I read Moloka i Based on my rating I gave Daughter of Moloka i by Alan Brennert, I am sure you guessed that it did Once I began reading Daughter of Moloka i I could not put it down I actually finished reading it about a week ago but am just now getting to write my review Hats off to Alan Brennert for a brilliant sequel to Moloka i It also is one of my favorite books now I am so grateful to St Martin s Press for giving me a complimentary copy of Daughter of Moloka i through Netgalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own Daughter of Moloka i began as Rachel and Kenji s daughter, Ruth, was taken away from her parents so she would not be exposed to leprosy and with the help of a Sister, was placed in an orphanage, Rachel and Kenji had only one hour with their new born daughter before she was whisked away Ruth spent several years in the orphanage and grew to be a defiant child with a mind of her own She had a special love for all animals Then one day a Japanese couple came to the orphanage and met Ruth and adopted her when Ruth was five years old The couple had always wanted a daughter but learned that they could not have any children Ruth answered their dreams Ruth was brought home to meet her two brothers and get acquainted with her extended family and all the Japanese rituals that she would be expected to learn and make her own Several years after her adoption, Ruth and her family move from Hawaii to California Ruth s father s brother had a farm in California and wrote to ask her father to come and become his partner on the farm However, Ruth s father s brother was not entirely honest about the success of the farm When Ruth s family arrived in California at the farm, her father realized he had been deceived by his brother The farm was suffering economically and Ruth s uncle was in debt Although Ruth s father felt tricked and betrayed, he helped his brother turn the farm around in a positive way Ruth was confronted with discrimination for the first time in her life The people in California did not look favorably upon their Japanese neighbors As Ruth grew to womanhood she fell in love with Frank and they had two children, Don and Peggy.Ruth s life was not easy but it was full of love Then Pearl Harbor was attacked and Ruth and her family s lives were about to change drastically Bigotry became even widespread Ruth and her family were forced from their homes and placed in internment camps It was a pitiful existence that Ruth and her family had to endure for several years Ruth had to learn how to face numerous challenges over these years The hardest was losing her father because of neglect and exposure to the elements Then the war ended and as quickly the internment camps were dismantled Ruth and her family moved back to California only to be met with bigotry but Ruth and Frank re built their lives and raised their children Then Ruth received a letter from Rachel, her birth mother She was being treated with sulfa medication for her leprosy and was no longer contagious Ruth and Rachel met and slowly Rachel developed a warm and loving relationship not only with Ruth but with her grandchildren, Ruth s husband and with Ruth s adoptive mother Daughter of Moloka i by Alan Brennert was one of the best books I have read this year It was full of warm feelings of love and family I could not put this book down If you never read Moloka i, I would suggest reading it first but it is not essential What a wonderful book I highly recommend it flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 12, 2018 Cat Ellington rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley Featured at the Review Period with Cat Ellington from 2018 12 12 2018 12 26, Daughter of Moloka i by Alan Brennert has been archived for its place in the Reviews by Cat Ellington Complete Anthology book series Also, I extend a very special thank you to St Martin s Press for the complimentary copy of this work via NetGalley.So glad you enjoyed my analysis of your lovely work, Alan Brennert The Review Period with Cat Ellington flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 24, 2018 Andrea rated it liked it review of another edition I read Moloka i so was quite pleased to be approved to read the sequel BUT not feeling the love or joining the fans who did Just didn t do it for me Certainly readable and somewhat informative but not enough In fact, sometimes bored Covers 1917 Prologue to 1970 end of story.What did I like I loved Etsuko Cared for Ruth, Taizo, and Rachel And the rest of Ruth s adopted family Story about being Japanese in Hawaii was quite informative the first part of book prior to relocating to Ca I read Moloka i so was quite pleased to be approved to read the sequel BUT not feeling the love or joining the fans who did Just didn t do it for me Certainly readable and somewhat informative but not enough In fact, sometimes bored Covers 1917 Prologue to 1970 end of story.What did I like I loved Etsuko Cared for Ruth, Taizo, and Rachel And the rest of Ruth s adopted family Story about being Japanese in Hawaii was quite informative the first part of book prior to relocating to California However, this follow up just didn t have the impact of the first book Some of the peripheral characters seemed like cardboard caricatures Thought enough could have and did read Farewell to Manzanar which Brennert cites among other books in the extensive Author s Notes Didn t really learn anything new about the Japanese internment camps The book is about family, self discovery, and Japanese internment camps I did learn something about strawberry farming and the Japanese and farming in California And the political climate in the US at the time A bit about leprosy harkening back to the first book and having to deal with Ruth s eventual reuniting with Rachel no spoiler alert needed it s all in the blurbs And though there were some oy, syrupy moments there were also a very few instances where I really liked the prose But letting go of life was not the same as embracing death So, if you liked the first book, you will probably want to read this one And, you may be in the majority of those who loved it flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 27, 2018 Joyce rated it it was amazing Could not put this book down The writing is so wonderful I felt like I was there experiencing it all.Very detailed historical novel gives the reader a intimate glimpse of the Japanese internment, the tearing apart of families, their losses, their resilience and pride Both tears and smiles throughout the read Wonderful writing, beautiful and sad story being told A must read flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 01, 2018 Kimberly Blotevogel Kosydor rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways This companion novel to Moloka i was wonderful I loved the in depth look into Ruth s story and even so her relationship with Rachel This was just as heartbreaking and equally hopeful as Moloka i I can t recommend these books enough Go read them flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Rebecca marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves first reads I received an advance copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 21, 2019 Nancy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Alan Brennert s novel 2003 Moloka i has a huge fan base and is much beloved among historical fiction readers Now he continues the story in Daughter of Moloka i.In the first novel, we meet Rachel in the Hawaiian leper colony, with the infant Ruth taken from her parents and placed in a Catholic orphanage to protect her from developing their leprosy In this new novel, Brennert continues Ruth story as she is adopted by a Japanese couple They move to California where they come up against anti Japa Alan Brennert s novel 2003 Moloka i has a huge fan base and is much beloved among historical fiction readers Now he continues the story in Daughter of Moloka i.In the first novel, we meet Rachel in the Hawaiian leper colony, with the infant Ruth taken from her parents and placed in a Catholic orphanage to protect her from developing their leprosy In this new novel, Brennert continues Ruth story as she is adopted by a Japanese couple They move to California where they come up against anti Japanese sentiment The family is caught up in the horror of relocation camps during WWII, suffering a division when a loyalty oath compels the patriarch a choice that leads to repatriation Ruth s story is continued as the family struggles to regain what they have lost And in the end, Ruth is reunited with her birth mother and learns her heritage Readers will learn a lot about Hawaiian and Japanese culture and religion.Brennert does not shy from including gruesome stories of racist injustice, scenes that are far disturbing than those shared in other recent novels about Manzanar which I have read Years ago I read Brennert s novel Honolulu and enjoyed it I already had Moloka i on my Kindle and intended to read it before Daughter of Moloka i but only read about half of it Consequently, my emotional involvement in the reunion at the end of the novel was weaker.Overall, my response to both novels was lacking I don t know if I was just burned out by too much historical fiction, especially about these events, or if I was burned out by family sagas, or if the prose just didn t work for me The events covered are certainly intense and relevant But I didn t really get into the characters and often felt there was too much telling and not enough action Scenes I wished were acted out were only referred to, and other scenes took up too much space.But that s me, and I am often out of sync with mainstream readers Because people love these novels and characters.I can t find fault with Brennert s commitment to using fiction to broaden reader s knowledge of history and the ways the American government has grievously erred and still errors practicing racism that employs unjust and cruel laws So, kudos to Brennert And may readers everywhere love these characters and pledge that America s past moral failing not continue be perpetrated in the future.I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 4 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 07, 2019 Margo rated it really liked it Learning the fate of Rachel s Moloka i by Brennert daughter Ruth was a wonderful journey through the culture of Japanese Americans, the tragedy of WWII internment, and a blessed return to the ohana of Hawaii I received this advance copy via a giveaway on Good Reads for which I am very thankful flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 19, 2018 Megan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves american stories, firstreads, historical fiction I ve had a copy of Moloka i sitting on my TBR bookcase for far too long and had planned to read it before reading this one when I found out that I was a FirstReads winner However, I ended up reading this one first, partly because I received my FirstReads copy so quickly, but also because this novel is billed as a companion read, rather than a follow up, to Moloka i While I have not yet read the first part of the story, I was completely drawn in from the first page and cannot wait to read Rache I ve had a copy of Moloka i sitting on my TBR bookcase for far too long and had planned to read it before reading this one when I found out that I was a FirstReads winner However, I ended up reading this one first, partly because I received my FirstReads copy so quickly, but also because this novel is billed as a companion read, rather than a follow up, to Moloka i While I have not yet read the first part of the story, I was completely drawn in from the first page and cannot wait to read Rachel s story soon I ve already moved it from my TBR bookcase to my nightstand This sweeping saga begins with Ruth s life at an orphanage in Honolulu in 1917 and ends in 1970 with Ruth returning to Honolulu for a visit following the death of her birth mother, Rachel It is a gripping historical fiction novel that offers a richly emotional tale and insights into Hawaiian and Japanese cultures It explores many themes, including family, love, national identity, and loyalty.The novel is divided into three sections Part one focuses on Ruth s early life in Hawaii and her family s move to California Separated from her mother Rachel who suffers from leprosy and has been exiled to Moloka i, Ruth is adopted by a Japanese immigrant couple and is warmly welcomed into a loving family thrilled to have a daughter and sister Ruth does not know why her mother gave her up, and her adopted family keeps the truth from her due to the stigma associated with leprosy at the time This secret factors into the story when Ruth reaches adulthood Following a request from her father s brother, Ruth s family moves from Hawaii to a farm in California shortly before World War II The family adjusts to life in California but faces challenges that they might have not have endured had they stayed in Hawaii Part two focuses on the impact of World War II on the family After the Pearl Harbor attack, the family is sent to an internment camp and must reconcile their American identities with the conditions they are made to endure This lesser known homefront war story is a must read and seems sadly relevant today When the interned families are eventually released at the end of the war, Ruth and her family must transform their lives yet again and find a way to carry on following the events that took place in the camps.The final part of the book centers around the aftermath of the war and the impact of Ruth s meeting her birth mother, Rachel, on the family The family must deal not only with what occurred at the camps, but also what happened in the farming community they were forced to leave In addition, a letter from Rachel to Ruth s parents has a profound effect on their post war lives Despite the fact that Ruth and Rachel never expected to meet one another, they find a way not only to build a loving relationship over time, but also to redefine their family in light of this new dynamic.While there are truly heart breaking aspects to this novel, it is ultimately a tale of love and hope that was utterly riveting from start to finish The writing is lush and vivid, and the historical and cultural details added such a richness that this period of history and the characters came to life as I was reading I read at a slower pace than I normally do so that I could savor each word and the emotional connection I made to the story and characters The author s note at the end is a must read and emphasized how much care went into the research and writing Although I can t say whether I would have gotten out of this had I read Moloka i first, this was one of the best books I ve read this year and I cannot recommend it highly enough My only regret is that since this novel is not scheduled to be released until Feb 2019, I won t be able to discuss it with my reader friends right away Many thanks to St Martin s Press and FirstReads for an early glimpse at this exceptional novel flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 09, 2018 Diane rated it it was amazing Daughter of Moloka i by author Alan Brennert is a beautifully written sequel to Moloka i which begins in 1917 Ruth and Kenji have a baby daughter which has to be given to the orphanage once it is determined that she does not have leprosy Ruth is a very smart child and is full of fiesty spirit She is finally adopted by a Japanese family when she is about six years old She learns to trust and love her new mother and father along with older brothers Later her father is offered land in Californ Daughter of Moloka i by author Alan Brennert is a beautifully written sequel to Moloka i which begins in 1917 Ruth and Kenji have a baby daughter which has to be given to the orphanage once it is determined that she does not have leprosy Ruth is a very smart child and is full of fiesty spirit She is finally adopted by a Japanese family when she is about six years old She learns to trust and love her new mother and father along with older brothers Later her father is offered land in California if he will move there with his family and help his brother farm the one hundred acres which is heavily in debt Ruth groes up and happily marries Frank, the owner of a small diner Soon the Japanese community is caught up in political turmoil and government restrictions after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Ruth and her family are sent to an internment camp I don t want to post spoilers, but the things which happend during those years are very sad Overall this is a story about the perseverance of family in the midst of a troubled time It is about deep love and the honor of family I sobbed for Ruth and Only I also felt the scene with the birthday presents Rachael had saved for Ruth was so very special Publication Date February 19, 2019 flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 06, 2018 Valerie rated it it was amazing Working as a public librarian, Moloka i is one of the books that I recommend over and over again, and every person reading it has loved it as well Needless to say, I was thrilled when I won an advanced reader s copy of Daughter of Moloka i It is equally compelling to read I loved reading about Ruth, and her relationship with her adopted family as well as her birth mother, Rachel I learned so much about the Japanese internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp, and the things people had to endure Working as a public librarian, Moloka i is one of the books that I recommend over and over again, and every person reading it has loved it as well Needless to say, I was thrilled when I won an advanced reader s copy of Daughter of Moloka i It is equally compelling to read I loved reading about Ruth, and her relationship with her adopted family as well as her birth mother, Rachel I learned so much about the Japanese internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp, and the things people had to endure Alan Brennert tells this story in such a way that you cannot put the book down once you start reading it He is most certainly one of my favorite authors flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Youll love this Daughter of Molokai 12 14 Jan 04, 2019 07 56PM Play Book Tag Daughter of Molokai by Alan Brennert 3.5 stars round up to 4 11 22 Nov 15, 2018 07 33PM Play Book Tag Daughter of Molokai Alan Brennert 4 stars 1 13 Nov 04, 2018 12 37PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Alan Brennert is the author of the historical novels Palisades Park, Honolulu chosen one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post , and Moloka i, which won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year and has sold over 600,000 copies since publication It was also a 2012 One Book, One San Diego selection He has won an Emmy Award and a People s Choice Award for his work as a writer producer on the television series L.A Law, and his short story Ma Qui was honored with a Nebula Award His new novel, Daughter of Moloka i, will be published by St Martin s Press on February 19, 2019 Follow him on Facebook at Other books in the series Molokai 2 books Books by Alan Brennert More Trivia About Daughter of Molok No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Daughter of Molokai marveled at how two souls two completely different species could make each other so happy If you were kind to animals, they repaid that kindness a thousandfold People disappointed animals never did 1 likes Let the things of long ago drift away on the water 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 150, 114, 39, 12, 5 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors 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    Daughter of Moloka i A Novel Alan Brennert Daughter of Moloka i A Novel Alan Brennert on FREE shipping on qualifying offers NAMED A BEST MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY USA Today BookRiot BookBub LibraryReads OC Register The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert s acclaimed book club favorite Daughter of Moloka i A Novel by Alan Brennert, Hardcover The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka i Alan Brennert s beloved novel Moloka i, currently has over , copies in print.This companion tale 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. Moloka i by Alan Brennert, Paperback Barnes Noble Reading Group Guide VOICES OF KALAUPAPA The first boatload of exiles to Moloka i landed on January , Among the nine men and three women was one J D Kahauliko, who on February wrote this beseeching letter originally in Hawaiian to T C Heuck of the Board of Health one of the earliest written records we have from a patient at Kalawao Our Ice Cream Roselani In the beginning a company named Dairymen s rented space from Maui Soda Ice Works to store the livestock feed and wine it distributed, and to make its Velvet Ice Cream brand Check out our recipes Chef Eric s Ice Cream Pie Heavenly Haupia Pie Moemoe Dessert Roselani Tropics Shaka Shake Tempura Fried Ice Cream Leggo my Roselani To see the files above, if you don t have it already, Book Reviews and Best Selling Lists USATODAY Books Becoming tops USA TODAY s top best sellers of Becoming tops USA TODAY s top best sellers of Becoming, which took the world by storm only weeks ago, is the year s No Oakfield Public Library We encourage you to put a stop at the library on your weekly to do list this winter Visit with your family and take advantage of all the free resources we have to offer. The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai i Home The Reverend Malcolm N ea Chun was born on July , , in Honolulu He was baptized on July , , in St Alban s Chapel, Iolani School, Honolulu, and confirmed in the same chapel on May , . Farmers Branch Library System Anywhere Subject Title Author Series Fiction Nonfiction New York Times Bestsellers An anonymous girl Hendricks, Greer, author. Home Princeton Public Library We have a new mobile app for both Android and IPhone users You can manage you account, place holds, pay bills, and look for items both in the library s physical collection and electronic. Harford County Public Library Dear George, Dear Mary Calvi, Mary, author A desperate hope Camden, Elizabeth, a The familiars Halls, Stacey, author.

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        Alan Brennert is the author of the historical novels Palisades Park, Honolulu chosen one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post , and Moloka i, which won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year and has sold over 600,000 copies since publication It was also a 2012 One Book, One San Diego selection He has won an Emmy Award and Alan Brennert is the author of the historical novels Palisades Park, Honolulu chosen one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post , and Moloka i, which won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year and has sold over 600,000 copies since publication It was also a 2012 One Book, One San Diego selection He has won an Emmy Award and a People s Choice Award for his work as a writer producer on the television series L.A Law, and his short story Ma Qui was honored with a Nebula Award His new novel, Daughter of Moloka i, will be published by St Martin s Press on February 19, 2019 Follow him on Facebook at


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    1. I read the novel Moloka i , when it first came out in 2004, before I joined It s incredibly special to me It was my gift of choice many times Instead of a bottle of wine when invited to friends homes for dinner I brought Moloka i, as a gift for the hostess So, given that Moloka i is one of my favorite special heartfelt books.when I started Daughter of Moloka i , I was excited but worried that it couldn t possibly have the same magic that Moloka i did I began my jou I read the novel Moloka i , w [...]


    2. Around ten years ago, someone in my book club selected Moloka i as our monthly read I wasn t sure I d like the book as I knew very little about Hawaii or leprosy, but it was a chance to learn By the end of the novel, I was in tears and had scheduled a trip to visit the islands It was a major hit at our book club meeting and I fondly recalled the book for several years Last month, I was searching NetGalley to see what was newly released when this book showed in my queue WHAT, A SEQUEL I qui Aroun [...]


    3. I had been anxious to read this novel since Molokai was one of my all time favorite books I think the descriptive writing in this book is just as wonderful as in his previous novels First the descriptions of Hawaii were breathtaking and it was hard to believe that anyone would want to leave there But I m getting ahead of myself The story really starts when Ruth a little girl of 8, is living in an orphanage on the islands because her mother was forced to give her up If you haven t read the f I ha [...]


    4. I am so angry I posted a review on 7 6 of the only text edition here, ISBN 7 978 250 13766 1 The edition and my likes and at least 17 comments are gone, missing I read a paperback advance readers edition Re posting on 7 7 I m deeply grateful to Danielle Prielipp from the book s publisher, St Martin s Press, for contacting me and offering me this advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review The book is not due to be on sale until 2019 02 19 and I was delighted to receive my copy I am so [...]


    5. I m done, I am going home for the day and cashing in ARC received and I am so happy I wanted this one sooooo much This is the companion novel to Alan Brennert s 2004 novel, Moloka i which follows Rachel Kalama, a young Hawaiian girl who is separated from her family and sent to live in a leprosy colony Mokoka i is one of the most beautiful and moving historical fiction novels I have EVER read and I am absolutely beside myself that we are getting a second book in this world If it is [...]


    6. I worked with the author on verifying historical facts, linguistic and cultural terms, so I read the advance original manuscript i was knocked out by Alan s gift how he makes you feel the essence of every character and puts you in their shoes This sweeping epic covers 54 years from 1916 to 1970 and takes you from Honolulu to Northern California to the Japanese American concentration camps of World War II where 120,000 loyal immigrants and citizens were interned for 3 4 years simply because o I w [...]


    7. I won this book through the giveaway program Thank you so much, A good enough read, though simply written About a girl born to lepers and raised first by nuns, then a family in Hawaii Eventually she comes to mainland US, gets caught up in an internment camp during WWII and yes, meets her birth mother It s a looong tale but it never drew me in.I tend to read mysteries, books with puzzles in them, characters with great depth who say and do and think in remarkable ways and this book j I won this b [...]


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