Sharks in the Time of Saviors
In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa ...more
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Opening in the year 1994, Sharks in the Time of Saviours simultaneously reveals the cultural fabric of this ...more
Sharks in the Time of Saviours is a Hawaiian family saga.
The story begins when this family who are trying to make ends meet are taking a rare holiday and seven-year-old Ninoa falls overboard into the ocean and is dangerously surrounded by four sharks. Miraculously he is carried safety and gently back to the boat in the mouth of a shark.
Through this freak act of nature Ninoa then becomes a legend and is thought to be gifted with special powers of the gods that will heal people. His siblings ...more
The summary, title, and cover of Sharks in the Time of Saviors piqued my interest. Magical realism? A not so rosy take on the 'chosen one'? Yes, please.
Sadly, 1/4 in and I find the story to be far more focused on Nainoa's siblings who whine about how overshadowed they feel by him and how unfair it all is that their parents pay him more attention. And...while I was expecting the novel to touch upon sibling rivalry, I wasn't prepared for it to be the sole focus of the story.
Nainoa has very ...more
This new author writes like a poet. Each chapter tells a different story, each story better than the last. This is a story about a family that goes through hell while living in what many as describe as heaven (Hawaii). The story is sad on so many levels, but it keeps you reading to see what will happen next.
In my opinion, parts is this book left itself open to interpretation, especially the end. Because of this, ...more
The story takes place in Hawaii, O'ahu, and the mainland. The writing is so transportive I felt like I was back visiting again for a short time.
It is ...more
Thank you to @mcdbooks @fsgbooks for my gifted copy. PUB DATE: 3/3/2020
When Nainoa was 7 years old, he fell overboard on a family trip. As sharks began to appear in the water, everyone naturally assumed that Noa was a goner. One of the sharks however, cradled Noa in its jaws and carefully brought him back to his family. It was as if the sharks recognized the greatness in Noa and knew his time on earth was worth more than a meal. ...more
Full disclosure: I received a free advance reading copy via ...more
In Hawaii in 1994, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls from a cruise ship. He is rescued by a shark, and gently delivered to his mother. This event marks the beginning of an incredible family journey. The story unfolds across four parts, is told over fourteen years and involves success, failure, and family rivalry. There are five narrators: Malia (the mother), siblings Nainoa, Dean and Kaui, and ...more
Nainoa seemed to have been special from conception on a ...more
"Sharks in the Time of Saviors" is a book that can be described as a mix between Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You and Witi Ihimaera's The Whale Rider. In a family of five, the middle child ...more
Author: Kawai Strong Washburn
Publisher: Fararr, Straus and Giroux/MCD
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Review Date: December 16, 2019
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the blurb:
Old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief, faith rubs hard against magic, and comic flips with tragic so much they meld into something new. All told with daredevil lyricism to burn. A ferocious ...more
Special to the Star Tribune FEBRUARY 28, 2020
Big destiny is a thing you get drunk on, Kawai Strong Washburn writes in his sweeping, effervescent debut novel. The expectation for a grand destiny rests on Nainoa Flores, the youngest son in a native Hawaiian family. He fell off a boat when he was 7 but was rescued by sharks and returned to his ...more
✔ issues about modern Hawaiian families
✔ inspired by the island legends
✔ perfect balance of practicality and spirituality
✔ perfect for fans of Haruki Murakami and Gabriel Garcia Marquez
✔ magical realism with supernatural events
Mentioned on the blog: Fanticipating Reads of March 2020 | Five Under-Hyped Diverse Books To Look Out For This Month ...more
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