I am an avid magazine reader and everything from Vanity Fair to The Atlantic Monthly , Glamour to The Nutrition Action Newsletter delights me. But this month is special because two of the magazines I love-- Elle and O, The Oprah Magazine -- are showering me with love.
The amazing Lisa Shea, author of the novel Hula, reviewed This is Paradise for Elle . Of my book, she wrote:
“[A] sparkling debut story collection . . . A writer with one foot in the native Hawaiian community and the other in the mainland mainstream gives us an edgy, unmistakably authentic glimpse of the harder side of island life. Kahakauwila captures in six related stories the striving lives, colorful pidgin dialect, and varied relationships that anchor and challenge her strikingly drawn characters."
And in O magazine I was part of the terrific summer reading list, which included sections for nonfiction, mystery, and (my category!) short fiction:
“This Is Paradise
by Kristiana Kahakauwila, navigates an ocean of tension between tourists and islanders in paradisiacal, paradoxical Hawaii. Gritty, haunting, and suspenseful.”
Check out the July issues of Elle and O and let me know what you think!