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Daughters of Captain Cook

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Kansas-born Jess marries Paul and removes with him to the sultry paradise of Hawaii to challenge Paul's haunting past. All goes well until an act of disloyalty exposes Jess to the mythical beliefs of Hawaii, and she discovers the true weight of her husband's betrayal and heritage. The author weaves a chilling tale of old memories, secrets, and a clash of cultures--with an ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 1st 1961 by Ecco Press
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Ironically, I obtained this book thinking it was a historical account of Captain Cook's progeny, based on a hastily-read (although positive) review of it in Outside magazine. However, despite not being a fan of contemporary fiction at the time, I was immediately swept up in the deliciously woven prose: contemplative, evocative, personal, and mysterious. Its imagery entranced and lulled (but not bored!) me in its depiction of a Hawaii both exotic and yet accessible, while the seedy underbelly of ...more
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This book was as amazing as it was disturbing. Ms. Spalding writes about some very taboo subjects, especially as a haole writing about the old Hawaiian culture. She seemed to be spot-on about the perception of haole by local people, especially in Kailua & particularly Lanikai. While many world cultures have tolerated, and in fact, encouraged incest as a way of keeping bloodlines "pure," it is shocking and wrong to our Christian & Western morality. To hear about it in recent times is unse ...more
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Linda Spalding, Kansas-born Canadian fiction and nonfiction writer, often explores world cultures and the clash between contemporary life and traditional beliefs. Born in Topeka, she lived in Mexico and Hawaii before moving to Toronto, Ontario in 1982.

Spalding's work has been honoured numerous times. Her non-fiction work, The Follow, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Writers' Tr
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