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Daughter of Moloka'i

Alan Brennert

Warwick's presents
Alan Brennert

Daughter of Moloka'i

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 7:30pm

7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Daughter of Moloka'i

On Monday, May 20th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Alan Brennert as he discusses and signs his new book, Daughter of Moloka'i. Brennert is the author of Honolulu and Moloka′i, which was a 2006-2007 BookSense Reading Group Pick and won the 2006 Bookies Award for the Book Club Book of the Year. He won an Emmy Award and a People’s Choice Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series L.A. Law, and he has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and for the Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Teleplay of the Year. His story “Ma Qui” won a Nebula Award. He lives in Southern California, but his heart is in Hawai′i. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

In 1917 Ruth Utagawa, no more than a year old, is brought to the Kapi′olani Home for Girls in Honolulu. Ruth is hapa—half Hawaiian and half Japanese. Taken from her parents who both have Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and are quarantined on the island of Moloka′i, Ruth lives with the nuns at Kapi′olani until she is adopted by Taizo and Etsuko Watanabe, a Japanese family with three sons. The Watanabes move with Ruth to California to help on Taizo’s brother’s farm. They flourish in California, living in a close-knit Japanese community. By 1941, Ruth is married with two kids of her own. Though the Watanabes had always faced the blatant racism from white communities who saw them as taking farm land away from Americans, the attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything about life as they know it. The Watanabes are interned at the Manzanar Relocation Camp, testing the limits of their strength and resolve. After the war they work to rebuild their lives, having lost everything but each other. When Ruth receives a letter from her birth mother, Rachel (the protagonist in Moloka′i), her life is thrown into confusion once again, as she is forced to reckon with her past.

Daughter of Moloka'i: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250137661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 19th, 2019