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Every Drop is a Man's Nightmare By Megan Kamalei Kakimoto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639731169
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 29th, 2023

One of the stories in this collection, Madwomen, is about a single mother raising her part Hawaiian son in West O’ahu after his father leaves. She is a wonderful character, full of self doubt, wondering how she can raise a son all alone in an ever-changing world. She is unsure how she can teach her son anything, and yet, there is a love that shines through every gorgeously written sentence. It is truly a perfectly crafted story, as are the other ten in this beautiful collection that honors the real voices of Hawai’i.

Review by Kalani

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Wandering Souls: A Novel By Cecile Pin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250863485
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Holt Paperbacks - March 26th, 2024

Taking its title from the real "Operation Wandering Soul" American propaganda campaign during the Vietnam War, this beautiful novel tells the story of a family of three young refugees from Vietnam moving to England after the war. What follows is a haunting story of survival and generational grief over the span of 60 years. Wonderfully crafted using interweaving perspectives, this brisk 200+ page powerhouse of a novel is one that can be read in a single sitting but can have characters that stay with you forever. 

Review by Kalani

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Rainbow Milk: A Novel By Paul Mendez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385547062
Published: Doubleday - June 8th, 2021

I loved Paul Mendez's debut novel about young writer and sex worker Jesse McCarthy, who pursues life with refreshing appetite. His efforts to find stability and joy make a sine wave of disappointment and hope through London and the Black Country, dance parties and hostels, that keep the reader sweetly hooked.

Review by Christina