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From the bestselling author of the “dazzling historical saga” (The Washington Post), Molokai, comes the irresistible story of a young immigrant bride in a ramshackle town that becomes a great modern city

“In Korea in those days, newborn girls were not deemed important enough to be graced with formal names, but were instead given nicknames, which often reflected the parents feelings on the birth of a daughter:  I knew a girl named Anger, and another called Pity.  As for me, my parents named me Regret.”

Honolulu is the rich, unforgettable story of a young “picture bride” who journeys to Hawai'i in 1914 in search of a better life.

Instead of the affluent young husband and chance at an education that she has been promised, she is quickly married off to a poor, embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new wife. Renaming herself Jin, she makes her own way in this strange land, finding both opportunity and prejudice. With the help of three of her fellow picture brides, Jin prospers along with her adopted city, now growing from a small territorial capital into the great multicultural city it is today.  But paradise has its dark side, whether its the daily struggle for survival in Honolulus tenements, or a crime that will become the most infamous in the islands history...

With its passionate knowledge of people and places in Hawai'i far off the tourist track, Honolulu is most of all the spellbinding tale of four women in a new world, united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and friendship.

About the Author

ALAN BRENNERT is the author of Molokai, which was a 2006-2007 BookSense Reading Group Pick and won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year (over My Sisters Keeper, by Jodi Picoult; The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson; and A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey). It appeared on the BookSense, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Advertiser, and (for 16 weeks) NCIBA bestseller lists. Alan has also won an Emmy Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series L.A. Law and a Nebula Award for his story “MaQui.” He lives in Sherman Oaks, California.

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Kacey, December 20, 2013 (view all comments by Kacey)
Even though I was raised in Hawaii, I learned so much about Hawaii's history from this book. Honolulu is the heart-wrenching story of a mail-order bride from Korea named Jin. Jin endures much with her new husband and lives in Hawaii during a time of great change. A fascinating historical novel.
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Susan White, February 26, 2013 (view all comments by Susan White)
Reading this for our book club and it's fantastic!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250000521
Author:
Brennert, Alan
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Asian American
Publication Date:
20110524
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.54 x 1.265 in

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