Apr 28, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: A Map of Paradise

From A Map of Paradise: A Novel of Nineteenth Century Hawaii by Linda Ching Sledge, 1997. Molly, the young daughter of immigrants, learns about Hawaii.

"A true child of the islands, Molly could name in Hawaiian the separate winds that blew through Nuuanu Valley by the time she was seven. Nalani had taught her to breathe with the earth, to feel the ola that coursed through land and sky and sea, to see akuas hidden in the mists, to trace the footsteps of tiny creatures called menehunes in the ancient ditches and canals that crisscrossed the hidden reaches of the valley and thus to make herself one with the spirit-infused land." (ch. 12)

Choose two sentences at random from a book of your choice: Teaser Tuesday meme courtesy of MizB at Should Be Reading

16 comments:

Unknown said...

Very nice! This one's going on my list. Looks fascinating. I don't know nearly enough about Hawaii.

Caspette said...

That sounds beautiful. I have always wanted to travel to Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

What a great teaser. I know nothing at all about Hawaii butnow i am intrigued.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to learn about Hawaii firsthand ;)

Beth F said...

Sounds wonderful. I worked in Hawaii for two summers at a museum. I'll have to look into this novel.

Margot said...

Beautiful teaser that makes me feel the wind and the earth, etc. Sounds like a great read.

Phyl said...

This sounds like it would be such a good book! Not all touristy, like many books you read about Hawaii, but a story about the genuine place itself and the real people who live there. Great teaser!

Mine, meanwhile, is here

Unknown said...

Great teaser--beautiful writing!

Lisa said...

I haven't seen that one around - it sounds lovely!

My teaser is here.

JoAnn said...

The writing just 'feels' like Hawaii!

Unknown said...

I just love Hawaiian words, and Nalani is a beautiful name. :) Thanks for the teaser.

Here's my Teaser! ~ Wendi

kayerj said...

thanks for stopping by. Your teaser is lovely and evokes the spirit of the islands.

Karen Harrington said...

That sounds like a great read for this season!

Staci said...

I love all the Hawaiin words in this teaser. sounds like a great read!!

jlshall said...

Sounds like a good book. And Hawaii, of course, would be a wonderful place to live and learn! Nice teasers.

Jenny King said...

Your teaser is a good one. How funny that we are reading the same book!

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