Honolulu by Alan Brennert (author of Moloka’i) is a quick and interesting read. Its main character is a Korean woman who is named Regret. She is named this because she, unfortunately, was not a boy. (Her brothers have happier names like “Joyful Day”.)
Regret has a constant quest not only for acceptance and love, but also for education. This quest leads her away from Korea as a “picture bride” to a Korean man in Hawai’i. Her life in Hawai’i is a culture shock, an adventure and also an awakening.
Regret, who renames herself Jin, is a lovely and kind character who you’d like to know in real life and whose fictional life is fascinating to follow.
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