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Aloha bitches!

I recently read Honolulu by Alan Brennert and loved it. I read his historical saga Moloka'i years ago and absolutely fell in love. I'm a fan of historical fiction and Brennert was capable of weaving together beautiful writing, accurate history and real people into this fiction about the leper colony on the island of Moloka'i in Hawaii. Honolulu lived up to the expectations Brennert set with Moloka'i.

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Amazon's synposis: Brennert's mostly successful follow-up to his book club phenomenon, Moloka'i, chronicles the lives of Asian immigrants in and around Hawaii's early 20th-century glamour days. As the tale begins, readers meet young Regret, whose name speaks volumes of her value in turn-of-the-20th-century Korea. Emboldened by her desire to be educated, Regret commits herself as a mail-order bride to a prosperous man in Hawaii, where girls are allowed to attend school. But when she arrives, she finds her new husband is a callous plantation worker with drinking and gambling problems. Soon, Regret (now known as Jin) and her fellow picture brides must discover their own ways to prosper in America and find that camaraderie and faith in themselves goes a long way. Brennert takes perhaps too much care in creating an encyclopedic portrait of Hawaii in the early 1900s, festooning the central narrative with trivia and cultural minutiae by the boatload. Luckily, Jin's story should be strong enough to pull readers through the clutter

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