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Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Washburn, Kawai Strong, 1980- Book - 2020 Fiction / Washburn, Kawai , Adult Book / Fiction / General / Washburn, Kawai Strong 5 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3.8 out of 5

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"A groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation"-- Provided by publisher.
In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends. Nainoa’s family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods―a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy. When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawai’i―with tragic consequences―they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.

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Beautifully Written, Poignant Book submitted by sVfGI7Glt2pz7GZgVB90 on July 14, 2020, 7:25am
Intertwining Hawaiian folklore with the reality of the modern-day America in this debut novel. The characters are depicted in a contemporary, yet also mystical, version of Hawaii.

Three young people lose touch with their traditions and family then try to reconnect. Each comes to grips with their identity all through the years, trying to grasp themselves and the Hawaiian land that tugs at their soul.

Any person can identify with the athlete, the scholar, and the visionary whether you have those particular skills or not.

Sharks submitted by angie. on July 22, 2021, 11:32am A really good book, has so many details and the plot is thorough.

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PUBLISHED
New York : MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
Year Published: 2020
Description: 376 pages ; 22 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780374272081
0374272085

SUBJECTS
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Mythology -- Fiction.
Sharks -- Fiction.
Animal heroes -- Fiction.
Hawaii -- Fiction.
Paranormal fiction.