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Publisher's Summary

The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.
©2003 Alan Brennert (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

“Compellingly original … Brennert’s compassion makes Rachel a memorable character, and his smooth storytelling vividly brings early twentieth-century Hawaii to life.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 08-23-12

Outstanding Book!

I enjoyed the flow of this book very much. I usually only listen to books for an hour or two at a time. I listened to this book on a 6 hour drive with few breaks. The main character is very real and she becomes someone you care about as the story progresses. I am not an emotional guy at all, but I had a lump in my throat at the end of this one. Noelani is not a narrator I have heard before even though I am a long time Audible listener. She was wonderful and her accent gave the story authenticity. This book is one of my all time favorites now. This book will not disappoint you!

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Blaine on 11-01-11

Unexpected Jewel

I have to admit I didn't know anything about the author, or really about the true historical events that inspired this story. That said, I was completely overwhelmed with how much I loved it. The story itself is fascinating. The narration is superb. I listened to this almost a year ago, and rarely does a day go by that I do not think about Rachael, the main character in this story. Such depth and passion, it almost brings me to tears when I think about her and her amazing fictionalized life. Bravo, Mr. Brennert, thank you for such an amazing tale. And Miss Miyamoto could not have been better. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

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