In my fantasy world, I’m sitting on the beach with a cocktail, waves lapping at my toes. It’s the perfect setting to sit and read all day long. Would that be considered Paradise? Today we’re discussing a more specific paradise: Hawaii. Our first book club selection for August is This Is Paradise, a collection of short stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila.
Told from the voice of native Hawaiians, Kahakauwila’s stories give a different point of view of paradise. Take a look at what From Left to Write members thought about our book in their posts inspired by This Is Paradise:
- For Rebecca of Life of An Army Wife, locals and Army families stick together.
- Michelle from Honest & Truly! wonders how we define our heritage, or do we even care?
- Heading “home” to the land of her ancestors, Ariane at The Force Expansive considers what home is, and what price paradise.
- Ashley Bunker from Memoirs of a Modern Day Wife talks about what its like to live in a tourist attraction hot spot.
- Meghan of Crazy Casa K recognizes the strength of family connections, no matter what.
- Bay from Queen Mother Blog wonders when she will get to visit Hawaii
- Jennifer Wolfe at mamawolfe reflects on the idea of returning home, as her daughter prepares for the college decision making process.
- Janaki of More Than Four Sides is reminded of visiting Sri Lanka, the island home of her father.
- Michelle from Mkokopelli talks about her grandmother’s death and how it compares to Hawaiian grief.
- Robin (noteverstill) of The Not-Ever-Still Life ponders the various forms of grieving.
- Lisa from Hannemaniacs is renovating a house to become a home.
- Thien-Kim at I’m Not the Nanny dreams of serenity in her own beach house.
- Cindy Fey of We All Fall Down considers her own forgotten paradise.
- Melanie from tales from the crib considers where she’s from.
- Nae at I Choose the Sun vacations as a local
Paradise has different meanings for different people. What’s your paradise?