Moloka'i Author: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-color... more »ed 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).« less
A very engrossing meld of fact and fiction. The facts cover the creation of the leprosarium on Molokai in the mid 1800's and its history up until the late 1900s. The fiction chronicles the life of a leper from age 6 until her death in her 80's. Recommend!
Touching and sad profile of life for a young Hawaiian girl diagnosed with Leprosy at the turn of the century. An intimate glimpse into the lives of those banished to the leper colony on Moloka'i. You'll enjoy the read even more if you've been to the islands.
This book was rich with character development. The author is adept at bringing the reader into the story. I felt the emotions that the characters were experiencing and was transformed into the island setting! I couldn't put the book down.