Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
finished reading 2/2/2012
This is a tribute to those who inhabited the island of Moloka'i, when it was a settlement for those who have been separated from their families because of leprosy. Fr. Damien figures only in the periphery.
Rachel, a seven-year old girl, gets exiled to the island of Kalaupapa in Molokai. With the help of the nuns and her Uncle Pono, who was also exiled, she forges a new life.
This book is well-written and impeccably researched. It is an amazing in its authenticity. I met Alan Brennert in the One Book, One San Diego event. He said that in his research, he came across letters from the 1860's, including one written by Fr. Damien. He spent nine months researching before he even began to write. Alan Brennert has served a great justice to all the inhabitants of Molokai, and to their families from whom they were separated.