Sixteen years ago, Brennert hit it big with book club favorite Moloka'i, the story of a little girl who was quarantined and forced to live in a leper colony during the late 1800s in Hawaii. Daughter of Molokai focuses on Rachel’s child, Ruth. Seperated from her mother at birth, Ruth is first sent to a home for girls, then to live with a Japanese family. She ultimately marries, but then is interred with thousands of other Japanese Americans during WWII. After the war, she receives a letter from her birth mother, launching a correspondence that covers decades. Lots of readers probably still want to know how Rachel’s story with Ruth ends, so place your hold today!

Try it if you liked: Novels by Lisa See, Jean Kwok, or Amy Tan.

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