Honolulu: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 3, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - micahmom2002 - LibraryThing

Enjoyable story a lot like Memiors of a Giesha. However, I felt I was dragging my heels sometimes because there is a lot of history and language thrown in especially towards the end of the book. At times I felt the plot and characters were written just so the history could be told. Read full review

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Honolulu by Alan Brennert is an epic story about a Korean Picture Bride who arrived in Hawaii in 1914. The book follows both her and three of her fellow “brides’ that travelled to Hawaii on the same ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
21
Chapter Three
47
Chapter Four
71
Chapter Five
89
Chapter Six
111
Chapter Seven
145
Chapter Eight
171
Chapter Twelve
253
Chapter Thirteen
273
Chapter Fourteen
289
Chapter Fifteen
307
Chapter Sixteen
329
Chapter Seventeen
355
Chapter Eighteen
377
Chapter Nineteen
399

Chapter Nine
195
Chapter Ten
219
Chapter Eleven
235
1957
427
Authors Note
433
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

ALAN BRENNERT is the author of Moloka'i, which was a 2006-2007 BookSense Reading Group Pick and won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year (over My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult; The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson; and A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey). It appeared on the BookSense, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Advertiser, and (for 16 weeks) NCIBA bestseller lists. Alan has also won an Emmy Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series L.A. Law and a Nebula Award for his story "MaQui." He lives in Sherman Oaks, California.

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