Take a Sneak Peek at Kawai Strong Washburn’s Outstanding Debut, Sharks in the Time of Saviours

Take a Sneak Peek at Kawai Strong Washburn’s Outstanding Debut, Sharks in the Time of Saviours

PART I

DELIVERANCE

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MALIA, 1995

Honoka‘a

 

(towards the end of the chapter)

AND THAT WAS how we were when the third sign came. We couldn’t cut any more corners. But Royce had come through, as simple as a phone call to your father and a phrase, “I think I got something for you, cuz,” and suddenly everything pointed to O‘ahu. We’d sold some of our stuff and then we sold more, roadsiding it in Waimea, by the playground, across the street from the Catholic church, where all the trees grow up over the parking strips and everyone has to drive past if they’re headed to the beach. We’d made enough from those sales, the food bank’s help, and Section Eight to get a cushion, enough for five tickets to O‘ahu with something still in the bank.

Your father had a plan for the rest of the money—a glass- bottom boat cruise on the Kona coast. I remember telling him no, we couldn’t do that, we needed to save every last penny for O‘ahu. But he’d asked what kind of father would he be if he couldn’t give his children relief?

“They deserve more than they get,” he said, I still remember this, “and we gotta remind them that things is gonna get better.”

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          Publisher details

          Sharks in the Time of Saviours
          Author
          Kawai Strong Washburn
          Publisher
          Penguin
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          03 March, 2020
          ISBN
          9780143796602

          Synopsis

          A powerful debut novel that delicately blends Hawaiian myth with the broken American dream.‘It wasn’t the life I’d ever imagined for myself, but I know now that we seldom ever get what we’ve imagined, and that this life is less about achieving than it is about adjusting. We’re not the waves that pound against the earth until it breaks down to our wants. We’re the rivers, that bend and give among the stones that present themselves, and we slowly find our way to the end.’In 1994 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores is saved from drowning by a shiver of sharks. His family, struggling to make ends meet amidst the collapse of the sugar cane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favour from ancient Hawaiian gods. But as time passes, this hope gives way to economic realities, forcing Nainoa and his siblings to seek salvation across the continental United States, leaving behind home and family.With stunning physical detail and a profound command of language, Washburn’s powerful debut examines what it means to be both of a place, and a stranger in it.
          Kawai Strong Washburn
          About the author

          Kawai Strong Washburn

          Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i. His work has appeared in The Best American Non-required Reading, McSweeney’s and Mid-American Review, among others. He was selected as a 2015 Tin House Summer Scholar and 2015 Bread Loaf work-study scholar. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Bay Area of California. This is his first novel.

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