Book Recomendation: Moloka'i

edited May 2014 in Adoption
Although it's not really about adoption, if you haven't already read Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, you might want to check it out.  The book follows the life of a young Hawaiian girl who contracts what is believed to be leprosy in the early 1900's, and is exiled to a leper colony on the island of Moloka'i.  I picked it up before our trip last Fall, because I like to read about the places I'm visiting while I'm there.

It's fiction, but does a fantastic job of weaving Hawaiian history and mythology into the story.  I lot of what I learned on the islands was talked about in the book.  It is a detailed and deeply emotional book, that uses the most beautiful prose to talk about the hardships and triumphs of the girl's life and those who become her family.  Many parts of it parallel orphanage and foster care life, as Rachel (the main character) is raised both in an institution and by distant and pseudo-family.  I don't want to give too much away, but the later portion of the book also deals very acutely with adoption and long-lost familial reunions that just spoke to me.  The encounters ring very authentic, to the point I wondered if the author was personally touched by adoption (in his note at the end, he says it was informed by someone else who was).  Both heartwrenching and triumphant at the same time, the book deals with all the complicated and conflicted emotions that accompany adoption and life in general.

To me, this was one of the best books I've read, so I thought I'd share. 

Re: Book Recomendation: Moloka'i

  • Thanks, I always love book recommendations!

    Mother of two wonderful boys! Blessed through adoption.

  • mindaamindaa member
    So funny... just today on another board I recommended another of his books, Honolulu.  Loved it - will have to read this one next :) 
    Me-37, DH-38
    Married in 2006, TTC #1 since Jan 2012

    Baby Boy born June 1, 2015

    He settles her in her home as a happy mother of children, praise the Lord! (Psalms 113:9)
    And the peace of God, which surpasses all understand, will guard your heart and mind in Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:7)

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