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Sharks in the Time of Saviours

'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.
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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: Sharks in the Time of Saviours
  • Author: Kawai Strong Washburn
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780143796602
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: General Fiction
  • Publication Date: 03/03/2020
  • Pages: 384

RATINGS & REVIEW

7/02/2020 7:58:57 PM - Marianne
a powerful, moving tale
Sharks in the Time of Saviours is the first novel by Hawaiian-born author, Kawai Strong Washburn. Conceived on a night when the gods roam the Big Island, Nainao Flores is different from the start, and it eventually becomes more apparent how special he is. Gifted (or plagued) with premonitory visions, saved by sharks, able to heal, a boy so singular is bound to be treated differently. So young, yet believing himself charged with the salvation of the islands. But this (perhaps) messiah is not an only child. Nor do his parents know quite how to nurture the gift. From them comes favour and protection and support; from his siblings, in addition to the usual love and rivalry, there’s also jealousy and resentment. And from the island dwellers, the entreaties (or sometimes, demands) to heal. And none of it alters the fact that there’s no living to be made in the islands. Dean heads to Spokane on a basketball scholarship to make it big; Nainoa finds himself a paramedic in Portland, using his gift to save the dying, while Kaui determines to quash her invisibility by becoming an engineer. But away from home, nothing goes completely right for any of them… What a powerful, moving tale Washburn gives the reader! His characters are complex and believable, with flaws and redeeming qualities both. Washburn has a talent for conveying feelings and emotions, of which his characters exhibit anxiety, grief, love, wonder, envy, heartbreak and much more besides. Sometimes they are deeply spiritual, at other times, forced to be practical, but ultimately the connection to the land and to all life forms, to the past and the present overrides all. There are touches of the paranormal, of magical realism in this outstanding debut novel. Washburn is an author to watch This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Better Reading Preview and Penguin Hamish Hamilton
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