Ka Palapala Po'okela Award Winner 2005 for Excellence in “Aloha from beyond Hawai'i”
--Hawaii Book Publishers Association
“Pam Chun writes lovingly of Hawai'i—a land of beauty and tradition, where the scent of plumeria fills each page and a love once lost can be found again.”
--Gail Tsukiyama, author of "Samurai’s Garden," "Women of the Silk," and "Night of Many Dreams"
“Good family epic enlivened with a nice locale and a stiff dose of history.”
“Chun vividly evokes the lush, sensual land and effectively dramatizes the conflict between old traditions and fast-paced modernity.”
Twelve years ago, ambitious Miki Ai’Lee left her native Hawaii seeking adventure. Now thirty, Miki is a renowned and feted professor of art history in San Francisco. But when her grandmother’s illness draws her back to Hawaii, Miki realizes she has been gone too long. When she returns, she accidentally meets her first love, Alex, who bears scars that he is unwilling to explain.
Miki and Alex’s families have known each other for four generations. Four generations of animosity and death, corrupt politics, and international murder.
Alex's world has been the high-stakes world of art theft. Miki's is the high-society glamour of art collectors. But now her grandmother is ready to share their family’s darkest secret, if only Miki will listen.
When the old world of tradition and the new world of opportunity collide—forcing Miki to choose between the man she loves and the heritage that holds her—she finds that the whispers of tradition are once again at odds with her own desires.
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About the Author
Best-selling author Pam Chun's award-winning first novel, THE MONEY DRAGON, was named one of 2002's Best Books of Hawaii. In 2003, her novel received a Ka Palapala Po'okela Award for Excellence in Literature. Pam Chun has been featured on National Public Radio, at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Conference on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and in the documentary,HAWAII'S CHINATOWN, which premiered on Hawaii PBS. Pam has been a speaker at Alameda’s first Literary Festival for readers, San Francisco’s first Litquake, the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, the Bamboo Ridge Writer’s Workshop, and many universities. Multi-page interviews of Pam and her publications appear in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the Seattle International Examiner, the South China News (China) and Alameda Magazine. Reviews of her novels have appeared in national publications and internationally. AOLTravel has published her travel articles online. THE MONEY DRAGON, Pam’s first novel, topped the best seller upon its hardback and paperback release. In 2003, her novel received a Kapalapala Po'okela Award for excellence in literature from the Hawaii Book Publisher’s Association. An excerpt from THE MONEY DRAGON is included in the anthology Honolulu Stories (2006). Pam Chun’s second novel, WHEN STRANGE GODS CALL, which expanded on one of the scandals of her infamous family, focused on the contemporary clash of cultures in Hawaii and received the 2005 Ka Palapala Po'okela Award for excellence in literature. THE SEAGULL’S GARDENER is a memoir of distance caregiving for her father from 3,000 miles away. Her latest novel is THE PERFECT TEA THIEF. Pam is a storyteller at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She was honored as one of 2004’s four Outstanding Overseas Chinese by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. She served as fiction judge for the 2007 and 2008 Kiriyama Prize for Pacific Rim Literature Pam lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Transpac sailor Fred J. Joyce III. She has one son, a U.S. diplomat stationed overseas with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you like history you will want to read this book. There is a lot of history about Hawaii and it's descendants. I was amazed that the different island or even sections of the islands were frowned on for interacting with each other. The story seemed to get lost, or maybe it was me that got lost, but I kept on reading and wasn't disappointed. Miki left the island when she gratuated and went on to college and live off the island in San Fransico. When Miki came back to the isand for the summer to see her grandmother a long lost love shows up. She is immedately attracted to Chris. It takes a storm to bring out secrets of the family and for love to bloom again.
- this book irritated the hell out of me. So corny. It does not even deserve 1 star. I would give it 0 stars if that were allowed, but B&N won't let me do that.