I’m excited to announce our second My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club selection, the novel Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. (Note, there are several books with this title so make sure you get the right one). Last month, we read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
The book is 405 pages.
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*If you are here for our book club questions, scroll all the way to the end of this post and you will find our complete discussion. Remember, you can add to our chat at any time.
Why I Selected Moloka’i
I’ve wanted to read this book for years and never got the chance. In fact, I first added it to Goodreads in 2013 and two years later, suggested it for my local book club. My oldest and dearest friend recommended it to me, describing it as one of the best books she’s ever read.
If you check out Amazon and Goodreads, you will find nearly all 5-star reviews. Readers describe it as “glorious, beautiful, inspiring, and heartfelt.”
Although first published in 2010, this is a book that not everyone has read. My friend stumbled upon it by chance while searching for a similarly titled book.
What is Moloka’i About?
I spent my honeymoon in Hawaii but I know nothing about the island of Moloka’i.
The story begins with a seven-year-old girl Hawaiian named Rachel who discovers she has leprosy. (This is the age of my daughter and leprosy is also something I know little about). Taken away from her family and sent to the island of Moloka’i, a leper colony, Rachel must start a new life.
While this summary describes a tragic situation, as the story unfolds, it becomes one of hope and even happiness.
MY PURSE STRINGS Moloka’i VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB INFO:
Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 8:30 PM (EST)
Place: MyPurseStrings Facebook page
Please RSVP on my Facebook page in the Events section if you are attending, unable to attend, or may attend. Facebook will export the event to your calendar.
HOW DOES MY PURSE STRINGS VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB WORK?
For detailed information, please read all the Rules here.
But in a nutshell, you:
- Like my Facebook page–That’s where the discussions will happen live.
- Subscribe to the blog–That’s where I post our discussion, linking to the Facebook chat. This way, if you can’t make it to the Book Club meeting, you can always see what you missed out on and even contribute to the conversation later on whenever it’s convenient for you. To make it even easier, you can subscribe to the blog directly on my Facebook page by clicking on Sign Up.
- Join the Facebook group, a community of book lovers, where we chat about books in general and about the current book selection in between meetings.
Once announced, all My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club books will become available on my Amazon shop.
MOLOKA’I BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION
So, I invited the author, Alan Brennert to join our chat . . . and he not only showed up, he provided detailed responses to all our questions. We learned today that a sequel called Daughter of Moloka’i will be released next year!
But if you couldn’t make it to the Virtual Book Club meeting, I’ve provided a transcript below. Click on the blue Facebook icon in the corner to check out our discussion. Please add your own thoughts to keep the discussion going.
Check out our 3rd book selection!