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Between Sky and Sea - A Family’s Struggle

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Between Sky and Sea - A Family’s Struggle

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Between Sky and Sea - A Family’s Struggle Product Description:

Set in contemporary Hawaii, Between Sky and Sea: A Family’s Struggle is an episodic novel that tells the story of three brothers struggling to negotiate their identities in the wake of cultural loss, drug addiction, and family tragedy. When personal conflict leads Kaeo Teixeira to question the choices that he has made while exploring his cultural heritage, he abandons those that he cares for in pursuit of his own path forward; a decision that ultimately leaves him guilt-stricken and alone, and in the company of a high school friend and noted meth dealer. As rumors of Kaeo’s whereabouts begin to surface, Mark, the second oldest, grapples with the responsibilities that he has to his family against the independence he had been working toward his entire life. Along with a sudden loss, his situation forces him to accept actions and events that are beyond his control. Consumed with grief and anxiety over their family’s decay, Elani, the youngest of the three, denies his present and takes on a new identity elsewhere. But when news of his brother’s fate leads him to confront his past, Elani returns to discover his future in the wreckage of a life left behind. An account of a family’s fight to persevere, Between Sky and Sea captures the difficulty of recovering what matters most from the depths of what remains when all that’s left to find are ashes.

Availability January 2016
Category Culture & Literature Books
Page Count 192 pages
Publisher Bamboo Ridge Press
Printed in USA
Publish Date December 2015
Dimensions 9.0” x 6.0” x 0.45”
Author Donald Carreira Ching
About the Author Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahaluu. He graduated with his BA in English and his MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he also received the Myrtle Clark Award with distinction and the Sumie Saiki Award for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies locally and elsewhere and in 2014, he won the Ian MacMillan Writing Award for Fiction.
Binding Softcover
ISBN 13 978-09-1004-393-9

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1 5 out of 5 stars by on December 27th 2020

Between Sky and Sea - A Family’s Struggle

Review: Between Sky and Sea - A Family's Struggle - 603 words "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way", this is the opening line from Leo Tolstoy's epic novel Anna Karenina. Tolstoy's resonant words, penned in the late 19th century about elite Russian society, uncannily ring out as clear as a bell today while reading how the Texeira ʻohana (family) steadily carve out their own niche of unhappiness in the small town of Kahaluʻu, Hawaiʻi. Far from the "paved paradise" of Waikīkī, Kahaluʻu is, for the moment, precariously harboured from the rapacious, steely grip of development. Don Carreira Ching's first novel, is a brilliantly woven tale of life and love amongst working class kamaʻāina, (local) families, it courageously embraces issues that persistently plague Hawaiian society in our times. Drug addictions, the rising dependence on imported necessities, unaffordable housing and higher education are all key contributors to the overall feeling of malai

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