Thursday, September 8, 2011


Title: Honolulu
Author: Alan Brennert
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN: 978-0-312-36040-5
Why Read?: Book Club
Challenges: Vacation, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: When I first started reading Honolulu, it really reminded me of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. However, the further I got into it, the more different and lush it became. This is a wonderful historical fiction piece about Korean "picture brides" and life in Hawaii in the early 1900s. Brennert's writing brings both Jin and Honolulu to picturesque life making this a must-read.
Rating: 5 stars

Vacation Reads Challenge: Hawaii is beautiful and I would love to go back. However, it would be very interesting to see what it was like before it was a state, which is how it is depicted here.

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