There are few more intriguing and captivating characters in the history of Hawaii than its last queen, Liliuokalanithe island monarch who could just as easily read Shakespeare as "sit barefooted on a woven mat." Told with mesmerizing detail by master storyteller James D. Houston, A Queen's Journey captures the deep ambiguities of Liliuokalani's magnetic personality and the tumultuous times in which she lived. Houston (1933-2009) was perhaps the only writer with the literary talent, courage, and deep knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history needed to tell this story, and although he died before finishing the novel that was to be his masterwork, we are lucky to have this first part, which stands alone as a fully realized and moving portrait of the queen and her time.
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About the Author
James D. Houston was born in San Francisco and received his master's degree in American literature from Stanford, where he studied under Wallace Stegner, Irving Howe, and Frank O'Connor. Among his many fiction and nonfiction books are Bird of Another Heaven, Snow Mountain Passage, Where the Light Takes Its Color from the Sea, Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport, Californians: Searching for the Golden State, Hawaiian Son: The Life and Music of Eddie Kamae, and Farewell to Manzanar, the last of which he co-authored with his wife, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. Over the course of his prolific career, Houston won many awards and honors and taught creative writing at a number of universities and workshops. With Jeanne, he divided his time between Hawai'i and an old Victorian home in Santa Cruz, California. Visit his website at www.jamesdhouston.com.