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Papala Skies by [Geez, Stephen]
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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This is the only novel so far that I've written entirely from afemale point of view. In her early twenties for most of the book,Rochelle has a back-story that covers her teen years in earlyalternating chapters, starting at age thirteen when tragedy leaves hertraumatized and mired in guilt. Rochelle's odyssey looks at how even the best-laid plans tend to lead to lives very different than we expect orintend.

Skies thinks about how each of us has his own sense ofplace, of belonging somewhere. I was always intrigued by transplantsamong my kinfolk who spent most of their lives someplace far from wherethey considered "home," yet never really accepted that home for them had changed. Skies also examines what we consider to be family, with some interesting notions embodied in the Hawaiian concept of ohana. Rochelle has some very definite ideas of her own, but if those somehowstart to change by the end of the story, I wonder how we all mightconsider our views in different light.

Readers get to spend a few hours or days with characters, whileauthors spend as much as a year or more with them. Just as real familymembers can be aggravating, these people who would hurl flaming papalaspears into the night sky frustrated me more than a few times, but tothis day they still reward me for all the time I spent telling theirstory.

From the Back Cover

Chicago native Rochelle DuFortier likes to imagine the future, her world a series of picture postcards so vivid they sometimes seem real. When a foolish mistake at thirteen causes her mother's death, she's sent to a secluded Hawaiian valley, an outsider "haole-girl" among pidgin-speaking boys who hurl flaming papala spears under the full moon to summon her mother's spirit. After boarding school and a prestigious university back east, the ambitious young woman is torn between chasing new career opportunities, discovering her mother's heritage in a remote French village, and meeting obligations pulling her back to Hawaii.
 
On this island steeped in ancient mythology and modern superstition, Rochelle tests the possibility of sharing pieces of her life with those whose beliefs she barely understands and never intends to embrace. She dives the depths of a pristine coral lagoon, conceals bodies in a subterranean lava tube, and challenges the eruptions of a living volcano, even as she deciphers the truth about her mother's death and struggles to satisfy new debts born of old betrayals.
 
Papala Skies is the story of a young woman who makes all the right choices, only to find herself living an unexpected life. It is about the need to belong, and seeking one's own version of truth amid such differing cultures' responses to wrenching loss and abiding grief. It is about yearning for a sense of place, yet having to confront new ways to honor the love of family and friends.
 
Will Rochelle lose what matters most, or might she learn what the smart octopus already knows?

Product details

  • File Size: 2849 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Fresh Ink Group (December 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LR5J16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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