Honolulu Weekly Book Review

Music, Mana and the Outside World

A first novel unfurls like a brilliant flower
BY BOB GREEN | NOV 7, 2012

LITERARY / The unlikely but convincingly drawn journey of a Kauai-born singer from small-kid time to New York and then, at the heart of this first novel, to Salzburg–just before the Russian tanks approach the city in l968–is catalyzed by her love of music. In Aloha, Mozart, as Maile Manoa progresses from Hawaii child entertainer to a 26-year-old classical performer on the cusp of international success, so does her understanding of the world outside and the intricacies and ironies of success in a culture shadowed by both Mozart and Hitler, moving from high art to the ironies of politics, passions and slowly-unveiled secrets.

Honolulu Weekly Book Review


About Waimea Williams

Memoir, 2004, Island Heritage. Debut novel, "Aloha, Mozart," 2012, Luminis Books. Various awards for fiction.
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