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