Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (2003)
Rachel is a young Hawaiian girl living an idyllic life in 1890s Honolulu. When a small red patch appears on her thigh and then her foot, her mother tries to hide them. But when word gets out that Rachel has leprosy, the six year old is forcibly removed from her family and eventually sent to the leper colony on Moloka'i.

Rachel spends the next fifty years of her life in the isolated colony. She makes and loses friend, marries, and even has a baby that, after the first moments of her birth, Rachel is not allowed to touch.

Brennert tells this very poignant story in a simple straightforward way that makes you feel the triumphs and pain of Rachel and the other inhabitants of the colony without manipulating and overtly playing on your emotions.

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