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This beautiful and haunting novel bares the soul of a Hawaiian-American family during World War II. As you share in the Meahuna family's misfortunes and triumphs, a sense of intense intimacy evolves. Cristine McMurdo-Wallis lets you savor the family members' remarkable, heartwrenching stories as they are revealed piece by piece in language rich with sensuous detail.

©1999 Kiana Davenport (P)1999 Recorded Books

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Stunning Historical Novel

Anyone interested in jazz, Hawaii, subtleties of race relations, or women’s rights will really appreciate this treasure of a book. I listened to a library copy of this book when it first came out. I was working my way through an onslaught of major life difficulties. This beautiful story somehow reassured me that I would survive and be healthy and happy again eventually. And so it turned out. The narrator's voice is rich. She gets the Hawaiian pidgeon talk perfectly. And with her reading them, the Hawaiian words at the beginning of each chapter are pure poetry.

The last hour is an interview with the author. Not to be missed! She spent five years researching for the book. She even learned to play the trumpet! Her use of words, especially descriptions of music, is remarkable. The story goes all over the world and covers generations of several families. It is a smooth listen, though painful in places. We care about every one of the interesting and colorful characters. If you love history (Hawaii or jazz), you'll be at home with this book. The main characters are based on people who actually lived. Well worthwhile!

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