I was sitting in a coffee shop when I came across this book. They had a “Take One, Leave One” shelf and I assumed this book was part of that shelf. It was left on a chair at the table was sitting at. I was killing time and began to read it while I drank my coffee. I read so much of it that I was late for my shift at work. When I finally noticed the time, I took the book (without leaving one, sorry) and ran. It would just so happen that I would have to read this book again for my Pacific Women’s Literature class in college.
This story begins with a Yankee Sailor and a Tahitian Chief’s daughter and continues on a journey in time to see their family grow and explore the rich and sometimes cruel history of the Hawaiian Islands and its people. We follow the story of Pono an unapologetic matriarch and her four mixed-blood granddaughters. These five women are struggling with their history and where it has lead all of them to be.
Davenport is able to mix lore, love, and self-identity into a piece of art like no one else. This book defies categorization; you have a bit of magical realism, historical fiction, suspense, and fantasy. The characters are as colorful as they are dark. Each with their own story and their own views, you cannot help but want to know more about them.
I will admit the story is a long one, but the magic and the drama make this novel one worth stealing from a “take one, leave one” shelf. Although, I do not condone stealing anymore. If you have not heard of this book, now you have. Of course, let me know what you think of the book if you have read it and check out the links below to find this book and buy it.