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From the bestselling author of the "dazzling historical saga" ( The Washington Post ), Moloka'i , comes the irresistible story of a young immigrant bride in a ramshackle town that becomes a great modern city "In Korea in those days, newborn girls were not deemed important enough to be graced with formal names, but were instead given nicknames, which often reflected the parents' feelings on the birth of a daughter:  I knew a girl named Anger, and another called Pity.  As for me, my parents named me Regret." Honolulu is the rich, unforgettable story of a young "picture bride" who journeys to Hawai'i in 1914 in search of a better life.Instead of the affluent young husband and chance at an education that she has been promised, she is quickly married off to a poor, embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new wife. Renaming herself Jin, she makes her own way in this strange land, finding both opportunity and prejudice. With the help of three of her fellow picture brides, Jin prospers along with her adopted city, now growing from a small territorial capital into the great multicultural city it is today.  But paradise has its dark side, whether it's the daily struggle for survival in Honolulu's tenements, or a crime that will become the most infamous in the islands' history� With its passionate knowledge of people and places in Hawai'i far off the tourist track, Honolulu is most of all the spellbinding tale of four women in a new world, united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and friendship.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780312360405
Branch Call Number: BRENNER
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 25 cm


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May 16, 2016

HONOLULU is wonderful historical fiction set during the first half of the 20th century. With strong female characters, author Alan Brennert skillfully weaves real persons and events into the storyline. The reader will gain new appreciation for the peoples and forces that helped shape present-day Hawaii. Issues of race and immigration are proven to be as contentious then as they are now. I highly recommend this book if you’re planning a trip to the Islands - it greatly enhanced my recent visit - or are just looking for an easy, summer read. A good choice for book groups, as well.

May 16, 2016

I loved this book as much as I loved Brennert's Molika'i. His ability to capture the experiences of many Honolulu,s early residents through the eyes of one Korean picture bride shows his skill as a writer.

Jul 29, 2014

Loved this book - learned about some of the history of Hawaii.

JCLChrisF Apr 19, 2013

This historical fiction highlights personal struggle and the friendship of women woven within the fascinating past of beautiful Hawaii.
An easy read, always recommended for those seeking just a good story and a great pick for book clubs

Sep 29, 2012

Good story about a Korean woman's
life after becoming a picture bride for a man in Hawaii. Read in Bethany.

Aug 22, 2012

Excellent book. Well written & researched. Reminds me of a couple of sections of Hawaii by James Michener - Another excellent book.
Mollokai' i by Brennert is also very good but the saddest I have ever read. A real tear-jerker which, in my experience, is unusual in a book. Keep a box of tissues beside you.

Aug 11, 2012

A well-crafted story that reveals the imperfections of paradise; a superb springboard for further investigation of the island's history.

Apr 11, 2011

A wonderful story of struggle and love

PhylBee Mar 08, 2011

I enjoyed this book very much. It enlightened me as to the history of this beautiful city in our 50th state.

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Feb 22, 2011

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