The Resource Daughter of Moloka'i, Alan Brennert

Daughter of Moloka'i, Alan Brennert

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Daughter of Moloka'i
Title
Daughter of Moloka'i
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Alan Brennert
Title variation
Daughter of Molokai
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Language
eng
Summary
Rachel Kalama was quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa-- and forced to give up her daughter at birth. Ruth is taken to the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, and adopted by a Japanese couple who raise her on a farm in California. During World War II Ruth and her husband suffer internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp. After the war, she receives a letter from Rachel. As the two meet and come to love one another, Ruth discovers a past she knew nothing about. -- adapted from jacket
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Review
  • Fans of Moloka'i and new readers will adore this interesting, heartfelt sequel. Taken from her parents as an infant, Ruth is adopted by a loving family who experiences more than their fair share of upheaval and heartache balanced with love and joy. Readers of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko may enjoy. -- Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY. (LibraryReads, February 2019)
  • In this emotional, gripping sequel to Brennert’s Moloka’i, Ruth Utagawa, daughter of lepers but not afflicted herself, is taken from an orphanage and adopted by a Japanese family, the Watanabes, who move from Hawaii to Northern California, where they start a strawberry farm in the early 1920s. In Florin, near Sacramento, they encounter prejudice in the form of Sheriff Dreesen, who wishes the Japanese would all move back to their homeland. Ruth comes of age during the Great Depression; she falls in love with a young man named Frank Harada, and together they open a popular diner. Then the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and, in the wake of FDR’s Executive Order #9066, Ruth and her family are forcibly relocated to the internment camp at Manzanar, where they undergo a daily struggle for survival. At war’s end, Ruth and her fellow internees must begin the equally difficult task of picking up their lives and starting anew. Then, Ruth receives a letter from her birth mother, Rachel. Their reunion forms the third act of this deeply moving novel. In Brennert’s skilled hands, Ruth’s story is powerful and urgent. 75,000-copy announced first printing. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/12/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 46, p)
  • Brennert continues the story of some of the characters from 2003's Moloka'i. Protagonist Ruth is removed from the leprosy settlement at birth and sent to an orphanage in Honolulu until she is adopted by Japanese immigrants. In 1922, the family moves to California to help manage a strawberry farm. They encounter anti-Japanese attitudes that crescendo into fury after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Stripped of property and possessions, the Japanese are sent to Manzanar internment camp, where Ruth's extended family adapt to harsh conditions. After the war, Ruth receives an unexpected message from her birth mother, Rachel, whose leprosy has been cured and who hopes to meet Ruth. As Ruth learns more about her Hawaiian heritage, she draws Rachel into her family circle. Although Brennert provides enough background for this novel to stand alone, readers familiar with Rachel's story will be glad to learn what happens after she leaves Moloka'i. The most compelling sections involve life within the internment camps, conflicts within families and among detainees, and the harsh treatment by government officials. VERDICT Although Moloka'i is more compelling and complex, this sequel will be welcomed by readers wanting to know more about the family. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.] --Kathy Piehl (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 2, p79)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10762975
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PUL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brennert, Alan
Dewey number
813/.54
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Index
no index present
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fiction
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True
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  • Evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans (United States : 1942-1945)
  • Adoptees
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Japanese Americans
  • Adoptees
  • Japanese Americans
  • Mothers and daughters
Label
Daughter of Moloka'i, Alan Brennert
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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on1031918233
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781250137661
Lccn
2018029158
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1031918233
Label
Daughter of Moloka'i, Alan Brennert
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1031918233
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781250137661
Lccn
2018029158
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1031918233

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