While this is a novel, the historical basis seems to be well researched and presented. The slow-paced narration makes the story seem juvenile, but getting the deep background of this part of Hawaiian history makes it worth hanging in there. Thorough character development made me care about the people in the story, but I was never able to cross the line into forgetting it was just a story. The medical and social aspects of Hanson's disease are compellingly presented. If you're familiar with the islands the story becomes more alive, as the descriptions of the localities will ring true. For a broader look at Hawaiian history, I would also recommend Sarah Vowel's "Unfamiliar Fishes", here on audible.com.
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