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Behold the Many by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
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Behold the Many

by Lois-Ann Yamanaka

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It took me a little while to get through this book, but I did enjoy it a great deal. It's a bit of a detour from Yamanaka's other books, both in style and subject matter. It's a bit of a psychological thriller also - I found myself getting chicken skin from time to time. ( )
  T42 | Jul 7, 2008 |
The newest edition from Yamanaka, and as usual very evocative of the world of Hawai'i, this time Hawai'i of the past. It's always interesting to read interpretations of Oahu before the modern era, and this novel does a wonderful job of painting the intimate details of that landscape as Yamanaka imagines it through her experiences as a native islander. Particularly notable is Yamanaka's knowledge of local plants and healing, which is expertly woven into the story. Also a great opportunity for people unfamiliar with Hawai'ian pidgin to experience it in literary form, and in a way that connects the pidgin to its roots in the number of languages employed by various ethnic groups cohabitating in early Hawai'i. ( )
  manguni | Jun 28, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312426542, Paperback)

In 1913, stricken by tuberculosis, young Anah, Aki, and Leah are sent away from their family for treatment at St. Joseph's, an orphanage in Hawai'i's Kalihi Valley. Of the three, two will die there, and only Anah, the eldest, will survive. But the ghosts of the dead sisters will haunt Anah as she prepares to begin married life away from the orphanage. Desperate for the love of their sister, but jealous of her ability to live in the physical world, they are determined to thwart Anah's happiness. As Anah struggles to appease the dead, it becomes apparent that only through one of her own daughters can redemption be attained.
 
Poignant, lyrical, and utterly compelling, Behold the Many is a stunning novel that glows with longing and life.

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"In 1913, stricken by tuberculosis, young Anah, Aki, and Leah are sent away from their family for treatment at St. Joseph's, an orphanage in Hawai'i's Kalihi Valley. Of the three, two will die there, in spite of the nuns' best efforts to save them, and only Anah, the eldest, will grow to adulthood. But the ghosts of the dead sisters are afraid to leave the grounds of St. Joseph's, where they wait until they can return home. As Anah prepares to begin married life away from the orphanage, they haunt her. Desperate for the love of their sister, who has communicated with them since childhood, jealous of her ability to live in the physical world, and terrified of losing her, they are determined to thwart Anah's happiness. One of them places a curse on her that will reverberate through the course of her future and that of her new family. While Anah struggles to appease the dead and to quiet her own guilt for having survived, it becomes apparent that only through one of her own daughters can redemption be attained."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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