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Historical Fiction: Discussion of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that "few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel's story" (mostlyfiction.com).

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  • Haley

    Argh! Trapped at work, and not going to be able to make it :(

    October 22, 2013

  • Lindsay

    Sorry guys--last minute cancellation but i had an emergency at work and won't be able to get there. Hopefully I'll be able to attend next month!

    October 22, 2013

  • Gavin

    I'm going to be late, and I'm not going to have finished the book.

    October 21, 2013

  • Meredith F.

    Sorry I have to change to a no due to a last minute work engagement ... And I had finished the book!!! Next time hopefully!

    October 21, 2013

    • Kelsey C.

      Out of curiosity, how did you feel about the book? We'll see you next month, I hope!

      October 21, 2013

    • Meredith F.

      I really liked it. I had no idea about that part of Hawaii's history so being the inquisitive person I am I found myself researching the real history behind the story too. CBS had an interesting article a few years ago about the last remaining patients in Molokai that was also very telling.

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I can no longer attend. I was so excited for my first book club, but my work just asked me to cover an after hours! I will definitely attend next time!

    October 21, 2013

    • Kelsey C.

      No worries! We'll see you next month!

      October 21, 2013

  • Vanessa C.

    Can no longer attend :( Hope someone else can take my spot.

    October 18, 2013

  • Becky

    If you are not drinking an alcoholic beverage, just bring $2 towards the food. If you are enjoying a brew or wine, bring $10 to cover the drink and some food. Please try to bring CASH if at all possible. Thanks, everyone! See you Tuesday!

    October 18, 2013

  • Kelsey C.

    Note the new day of the week! And the new cover charge thingy!

    1 · September 12, 2013

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