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@Download E-pub æ Daughter of Moloka'i õ 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 birthThe 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 Land Degradation And Society the daughter that Rachel Kalama quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa was forced to give up at birthThe book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi olani Home for Girls in Honolulu From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California Nocturnum: Long Shades her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II and then Gallery Bundu: A Story about an African Past after the war Links to the Diasporic Homeland to the life altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth s birth mother Given Time: I. Counterfeit Money Rachel Daughter of Moloka i is the sequel to Alan Brennart s novel, Molaka i Sequels are a unique writing genre highly anticipated, highly scrutinized and highly debated There are few novels and their sequels that achieve equally plaudits.Knowing this, I felt a sense of trepidation when I began reading Daughter of Molaka i Within a few pages, the trepidation was gone The hours that I spent reading the novel have turned to images in my memory that will last a lifetime.Beginning at age three, Brenna Daughter of Moloka i is the sequel to Alan Brennart s novel, Molaka i Sequels are a unique writing genre highly anticipated, highly scrutinized and highly debated There are few novels and their sequels that achieve equally plaudits.Knowing this, I felt a sense of trepidation when I began reading Daughter of Molaka i Within a few pages, the trepidation was gone The hours that I spent reading the novel have turned to images in my memory that will last a lifetime.Beginning at age three, Brennart tells the story of Ruth, daughter of Rachael, a leprosy victim Rachael had the disease, but Ruth also suffered its consequences Torn from her mother and placed in an orphanage in Honolulu, Ruth struggles as other girls are placed in families while she remains behind Finally joy enters her life when a Japanese family adopts her and eventually move to California With insight into human emotion, Brennart takes us thru Ruth s life thru teenage years to marriage to the internment in a World War II camp But yet for Ruth there isin her continuing life a letting from her birth mother, Rachael.Possibly Brennart s greatest gift to the novel is his ability to deeply and deftly describe the places and people so that we are transported to that time and local We emotionally connect with Ruth We feel her sadness, we celebrate her joy and fulfillment We won t forget her You can t ask forthan that in a novel I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley NetGalley DaughterofMolokai Update 1.99 kindle special today It s a great follow up to Molokai I read the novel Moloka i , when it first came out in 2004, before I joined Goodreads 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 Update 1.99 kindle special today It s a great follow up to Molokai I read the novel Moloka i , when it first came out in 2004, before I joined Goodreads 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 pages..For 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 it..I should know by now Your book Honolulu was FANTASTIC, tooand it had MAGIC..that 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 theI read and the characters became like family to me.I felt pride thankful that Alan wrote this novel..setting 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 learnabout 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..for 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 there..I could picture the banyan trees, the flowers, the glorious colors of the water.those 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 Daughter of Moloka I by Alan Brennert is a 2019 St Martin s Press publication Vivid and poignant, very effective and emotional It took me a long time to get around to reading Moloka i, and I deeply regretted putting it off for so long However, on the positive side, having read it so close to the publication date of this long anticipated follow up, all the details were still very fresh in my mind Remembering the many reasons why Ruth was placed for adoption so clearly, experiencing her story Daughter of Moloka I by Alan Brennert is a 2019 St Martin s Press publication Vivid and poignant, very effective and emotional It took me a long time to get around to reading Moloka i, and I deeply regretted putting it off for so long However, on the positive side, having read it so close to the publication date of this long anticipated follow up, all the details were still very fresh in my mind Remembering the many reasons why Ruth was placed for adoption so clearly, experiencing her story first hand, wastouching and heart wrenching and the story feltpowerful and intense To recap Ruth s parents were both inflicted with leprosy and lived on the island of Moloka i in Hawaii Ruth was free of the disease, but her parents had to give her up so that she could live a full and happy life Ruth is biracial part Hawaiian and part Japanese Her adoptive parents are Japanese, and Ruth is also blessed with having older brothers Her life is good, her parents love her, but Ruth has to cope with racism and prejudice aimed at her because of her mixed race She also experienced cultural misogyny and sexism However, Ruth s life changes forever, when her parents move from Hawaii to California, hoping to own and work their own land Sadly, they were misled, and things didn t work out for them quite the way they planned However, Ruth grows up, gets married, and starts her own family However, life as she knows it comes to an abrupt halt when the Japanese invade Pearl Harbor Ruth and her family are among the many Japanese Americans rounded up and sent to the internment camps Although she makes the best of the situation, it also leaves her embittered Eventually, the story merges with that of Ruth s mother, Rachel, who is now widowed and declared free of her leprosy The mother and daughter finally meet and forge a bittersweet relationship I strongly urge anyone considering this book to read the firstMoloka ibeforehand The story will not have the same impact if you are not aware of Rachel s backstory and the hopes she had for Ruth The bulk of the story is centered around Ruth s life in the internment camps and the horrible injustices bestowed on these American citizens I m glad this period of history is spoken offrequently now, andclosely examined I never heard a great deal about the plight of the Japanese Americans during world war two, until a little over a decade or so back It was not a topic that came up frequently, and when it did, it was quickly glossed over TheI learned about the conditions of the relocation camps, the way these families were stripped of everything they had worked for, themortified I became This was certainly not a shining moment in US history Although many years later, some acknowledgments and apologies were eventually forthcoming, and a pittance was given the survivors, it doesn t come close to compensating for what these people endured and lost This is a period in history that should getexposure, especially in the classroom While I would like for us to learn from the past and be everdiligent not to repeat our mistakes, I hold my breath, wondering when not if this same exact thing will happen again This story personalizes the struggles of those in California who were forced to live in the camps, and once released were forced to start building their lives all over again from scratch Living through these times, seeing it from Ruth s perspective certainly gave me pause Ruth is a strong character, who endured much, felt deep convictions, and although she never fully released her bitterness, her life was enriched by her adoptive family, her husband and children, and eventually, by having the chance to forge a relationship with Rachel This novel has an entirely different tone from its predecessor It s not as tender, has a sharper edge to it,befitting of the situation, I suppose I think Ruth s character is as sympathetic as Rachel s, but the era of time the story is written in, as well as the dynamics between Ruth s adoptive family, which was also quite intense at times, makes the atmosphere heavier and the characters tougher, but equally resilient I would caution against starting this one with preconceived notions Don t expect the same type of emotional elements, or tragic poignancy as Moloka i It is certainly different, but I appreciated it and found it to be a very compelling novel I must confess, I enjoyed seeing Rachel and Ruth reunited, and although Rachel continued to suffer loss and lingering health issues, she lived a full life, as did Ruth, both women overcoming adversity, getting on with the business of life and living, and appreciating every moment they were alive and FREE 4 stars One moment please, while I put the pieces of my shattered heart back together Daughter of Moloka i is a follow up novel to Brennert s 2004, Book Club sensation, Moloka i This is a sequel I never knew I needed, until I had it in my hands After reading, I cannot imagine not knowing the conclusion to Rachel s story.This book I have never cried so much while reading a book.Ever.It never let up That may sound like a negative, but it was actually quite cathartic.This story follows, Ruth, the gir One moment please, while I put the pieces of my shattered heart back together Daughter of Moloka i is a follow up novel to Brennert s 2004, Book Club sensation, Moloka i This is a sequel I never knew I needed, until I had it in my hands After reading, I cannot imagine not knowing the conclusion to Rachel s story.This book I have never cried so much while reading a book.Ever.It never let up That may sound like a negative, but it was actually quite cathartic.This story follows, Ruth, the girl that Rachel was forced to give up for adoption just hours after she was born We start with Ruth s life in a Home For Girls in Honolulu and follow her all the way through into her adulthood Moving from Hawaii to California with the Japanese family who adopted her, Ruth, lives through some challenging times, including her family s incarceration in a Japanese Interment Camp following the events at Pearl Harbor.As with other disgraceful pieces of history, this type of atrocious event is not one you find often in modern fiction I knew these interment camps existed, but reading about it from Ruth s perspective was heart wrenching To consider the types of injustices that were suffered upon so many innocent people, it was hard I applaud Brennert for his research efforts which were evident.I was asked a while back if you had to read the first book in order to read this one While I believe that you can read this as a stand alone, your reading experience can only be enhanced by reading Moloka i first Add to this the fact that Moloka i stands strong as one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, I don t think you will be disappointed.If you like sweeping historical fiction that explores what it means to live and the strength of family, both blood and found, this is a duology you do not want to miss While it broke my heart a million times, I am grateful to have read it Thank you so much to the publisher, St Martin s Press, for providing me with a copy to read and review.Also, thank you to Alan Brennert for writing such a remarkable story I will be thinking about Rachel and Ruth for years to come.Original I wanted this ARC 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 This novel follows Rachel s daughter, Ruth, who as a baby was taken from her care 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