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Elegant, brutal, and profoundthis magnificent debut captures the grit and glory of modern Hawai'i with breathtaking force and accuracy.   In a stunning collection that announces the arrival of an incredible talent, Kristiana Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai'i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local and tourist, tradition and expectation, façade and authentic self, This Is Paradise provides an unforgettable portrait of life as it’s truly being lived on Maui, Oahu, Kaua'i and the Big Island. In the gut-punch of “Wanle,” a beautiful and tough young woman wants nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps as a legendary cockfighter. With striking versatility, the title story employs a chorus of voices—the women of Waikiki—to tell the tale of a young tourist drawn to the darker side of the city’s nightlife. “The Old Paniolo Way” limns the difficult nature of legacy and inheritance when a patriarch tries to settle the affairs of his farm before his death. Exquisitely written and bursting with sharply observed detail, Kahakauwila’s stories remind us of the powerful desire to belong, to put down roots, and to have a place to call home.
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Exquisitely written and bursting with sharply observed detail, Kahakauwila’s stories remind us of the powerful desire to belong, to put down roots, and to have a place to call home.
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      • source: JOYCE CAROL OATES
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        "Vividly imagined, beautifully written, at times almost unbearably suspenseful--the stories in Kristiana Kahakauwila's debut collection, This Is Paradise, are boldly inventive in their exploration of the tenuous nature of human relations. These are poignant stories of 'paradise'--Hawai'i--with all that 'paradise' entails of the transience of sensuous beauty."

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      • source: Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered
      • content: "This is Paradise gives us a raw view of local color in all of its perplexities and pleasures....[The stories] give us a picture of island life quite disturbing at the heart of things--the other side of paradise."
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      • source: Kristy Davis, O, The Oprah Magazine
      • content: "Gritty, haunting, and suspenseful. This is Paradise navigates an ocean of tension between tourists and islanders in paradisiacal, paradoxical Hawai'i."
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      • source: Lisa Shea, ELLE
      • content: "[A] sparkling debut story collection....A writer with one foot in the native Hawaiian community and the other in the mainland mainstream gives us an edgy, unmistakably authentic glimpse of the harder side of island life. Kahakauwila captures in six related stories the striving lives, colorful pidgin dialect, and varied relationships that anchor and challenge her strikingly drawn characters."
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      • source: Daily Candy
      • content: "[This is Paradise] is as breathtaking as a trip up the Na Pali Coast -- not a lighthearted day at the beach, but culturally complex, historically significant, and something special in the world."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Filled with an energy and outrage reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid....Kahakauwila's debut short-story collection offers a stirring glimpse into the daily lives of contemporary Hawaiians torn between native traditions and the pull of mainland lifestyles."
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      • source: BookPage
      • content: "One can almost smell the tropics emanating from each page, thanks to Kahakauwila's startling and vivid imagery. With prose like a riptide, This Is Paradise is the perfect way to mentally transport you to Hawai'i from the comfort of home."
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: "Kahakauwila is an admirable storyteller, able to give characters depth and draw in her audience while evoking strong emotions with spare language. Reminiscent of Lois-Ann Yamanaka's similarly gritty, no-holds-barred view of life in Hawaii, she is a fresh new voice to be watched."
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      • source: Kirkus
      • content: "Finely wrought work from an impressive new talent. Tourists don't see the Hawai'i unsparingly yet lyrically depicted in Kahakauwila's debut collection. The author's assured use of both pidgin and standard English mirrors her characters' uneasy feeling of straddling two worlds: a timeless one in harmony with nature and a commercial, modern one that is both invasive and enticing."
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      • source: Booklist
      • content: "Cogent explorations of regret, remorse, ambition, and ambivalence can take place anywhere on earth, but in a land known for its beguiling enchantment, such fatalism takes on a forbidding, even sinister, mien as Kahakauwila deconstructs the aloha myth."
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      • source: PETER HO DAVIES
      • content: "The immersive stories of This Is Paradise are a lithe blend of formal invention and traditional narrative pleasures. As such they reflect Kristiana Kahakauwila's intimate but expansive vision of a Hawai'i forged from the collisions of past and present, here and there. Her protagonists are as richly distinctive as the pidgin they speak, and yet each struggles profoundly with identity--that negotiation between ourselves and the world, which is at once Hawaiian, American, universally and compellingly human."
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      • source: ALIX OHLIN
      • content: "In these lively, accomplished stories, Kristiana Kahakauwila paints a vivid portrait of modern Hawai'i--not the gauzy ideal of tourist vacations, but the messy, fascinating reality of its inhabitants. This is a impressive debut by a writer to watch."
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      • source: MICHAEL BYERS
      • content: "These six masterful stories move so fluently through their grand old materials--sex, longing, love, loneliness--that it's easy to overlook how fierce they are, and how surprising. Again and again, Kristiana Kahakauwila renders the complex beauties of her native Hawai'i in a vivid, burning, and altogether original light. Glowing with life, peril, and beautifully scaled human drama, This Is Paradise is full of peopl
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        April 29, 2013
        Kahakauwila’s debut short-story collection offers a stirring glimpse into the daily lives of contemporary Hawaiians torn between native traditions and the pull of mainland lifestyles. The profound differences between a Hawaiian and her white boyfriend threaten their relationship in “The Road to Hana”; a girl mourns her grandmother’s death in “Thirty-Nine Rules for Making a Hawaiian Funeral into a Drinking Game”; and in the title piece, young Hawaiian women working at a beachside resort observe a naïve tourist’s tragic fate. Varying in style and theme, the book’s six stories conjure up memorable characters, from a man struggling to reveal his homosexuality to his sister and dying father (“The Old Paniolo Way”) to a woman who seeks to avenge her father’s death by engaging in the gruesome business of cock-fighting (“Wanle”). Beyond questions of identity, Kahakauwila also explores domestic life, as in “Portrait of a Good Father,” about a family torn apart by a husband’s affair and his son’s death. Filled with an energy and outrage reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid, Kahakauwila also gives her characters distinct voices that mix Hawaiian and mainland-American dialects. Altogether, a well-crafted work that compassionately treats the men and women who love and suffer in an island paradise. Agent: Markus Hoffman, Regal Literary.

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        May 1, 2013
        Tourists don't see the Hawaii unsparingly yet lyrically depicted in Kahakauwila's debut collection. "It's like Hawaiians are all pissed off," says vacationing Susan in the title story. "They live in paradise. What is there to be mad about?" Plenty, affirms a chorus of three different groups of women: the housekeeping staff laboring for a pittance in the hotels; the local girls who can't afford housing thanks to unbridled development; and the professional women who have "dedicated their education and mainland skills to putting this island right." Each group observes Susan at various stages of her visit, which goes badly awry when she picks up a local in a bar; for all their irritation with clueless tourists, they feel an uncomfortable kinship with her. Ambivalence and ambiguity are characteristic of Kahakauwila's nuanced work. In "Wanle," a young woman who believes she is honoring her dead father by training and fighting birds knows that she has provoked her gentle Indian lover to revert to the violent ways of his own brutal parent--and it's all the more awful since she's learned that her father cheated in fights. The collection's best story, "Portrait of a Good Father," depicts a troubled marriage, the other woman and the devastating impact of a child's accidental death with tender compassion for all parties, wringing powerful emotional shocks from the misunderstanding of a single word and from the musings on an old photo that open and close the tale. "The Old Paniolo Way," in which a gay son returns from San Francisco to nurse his dying father and face his sister's resentments, is more obvious, but it too makes the point that lives in "paradise" are just as complicated as anywhere else. The author's assured use of both pidgin and standard English mirrors her characters' uneasy feeling of straddling two worlds: a timeless one in harmony with nature and a commercial, modern one that is both invasive and enticing. Finely wrought work from an impressive new talent.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        June 1, 2013
        For visitors from Oklahoma to Okinawa, the Hawaiian Islands are paradise, even if only for a little while. But for natives and locals, surrounded by tourists, tormented by a heritage they can no longer maintain, life on these lava rocks is anything but perfect. Maui's up-country is home to a family of cock fighters whose legacy is left in the hands of a young woman with a devious plot to avenge her father's murder, one that will compromise her very identity. Honolulu's luxury hotels lure a young mainland woman whose innocent acceptance of vacation-brochure hype leads directly to her death. And on the Big Island, a gay man sits by his father's deathbed, tortured by his desire to reveal his sexual identity before his parent dies. Cogent explorations of regret, remorse, ambition, and ambivalence can take place anywhere on earth, but in a land known for its beguiling enchantment, such fatalism takes on a forbidding, even sinister, mien as Kahakauwila deconstructs the aloha myth.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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