Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Review: Moloka'i

Book Review - Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Moloka'i is a historical fiction novel about the quarantined leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i. The story centers on a young, 7-year-old girl named Rachel who develops the disease and is sent to the settlement. Instead of her life ending, Rachel builds a life for herself on the island surrounded by friends.

This book was very interesting from a historical point of view as I knew nothing about how people in Hawaii with leprosy were taken from their families and quarantined on a separate island.

Not the strongest story ever, the characters were beautifully and vividly drawn. It was slow getting into it but by the end I was enjoying the book and picking it up every chance I could because I wanted to see what happened to Rachel.

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

Next month - Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac by Bruce Goldstein

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