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Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
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This book highlights a shameful event in American history when Japanese Americans had their homes, businesses and possessions taken and were placed in internment camps for long periods of time after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Ruth is at the epicenter of this novel. She was born to Japanese/Hawaiian parents on Molokai who had Hansen's disease, formerly known as leprosy. Deemed to be free of the disease, she was raised by nuns until she was four without a knowledge of her birth parents, when she was adopted by a loving couple with two sons. They eventually moved to the United States. Ruth is married with two children at the outbreak of WWII when the Japanese are targeted as potentially subversive. The question as to why people of German and Italian descent aren't also targeted is haunting - the only reason can be that aren't readily visually identifiable.

Ruth's life follows an interesting ltrajectory as she learns more about her past. It was helpful to have read Rachel's story in Molokai #1, which I well remember and which led to learning more about Molokai and its haunting history.
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Reading Progress

July 1, 2018 – Shelved
July 1, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 2, 2018 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)
September 2, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read (Hardcover Edition)
January 27, 2019 – Shelved as: dl
May 21, 2019 – Started Reading
June 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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