Rachel is seven years old when the first rose-colored spot appears on her body. It devastates Rachel’s family. It’s leprosy. It’s 1891. There is no cure, yet. The highly contagious child is separated from her loved ones and sent away to Kalaupapa, a leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. In her youth, Rachel’s symptoms are mild, which means she is given the opportunity of time. Time to grow up. Time to build a new family around her, and most importantly, time to meet Kenji, the man she will marry. Moloka’i, Alan Brennart’s debut novel, is the story of how Rachel focuses on hope, not despair and lives her life as fully as possible, even while surrounded by death.
Finding Life and Love in a Leper Colony
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