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“Aloha, Mozart” reviewed in America’s Heartland

In the December issue of The Midwest Review, Diana Donovan had a very enthusiastic response: “Readers seeking a historical story integrating a passion for art and music, a coming of age account, and the saga of a young woman whose … Continue reading

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Featured Review of “Aloha, Mozart” and a 1930s Hat

On Sunday, Honolulu’s largest paper reviewed “Aloha, Mozart” so that was displayed at the Holiday Bazaar of the National League of American PEN Women along with the book and opera memorabilia. Wearing hats was requested and that gave me the … Continue reading

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“Aloha, Mozart” on Hawaii NPR

Last night I enjoyed being a featured Guest Author on Hawaii NPR during their bi-annual pledge drive.  Two interviewers asked me about “Aloha, Mozart” and the years I spent in Austria and Germany as a professional musician.  Globalization has made … Continue reading

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Excellence in “Aloha from Across the Sea”

Hawaii Book Publisher’s Association Ka Palapala Po’okela Awards 2013 Excellence in “Aloha from Across the Sea” Honorable Mention (2nd place), judges’ citation Aloha, Mozart, by Waimea Williams (Luminis Books) In Waimea Williams’s romantic novel, Aloha, Mozart, an impoverished young Hawaiian soprano … Continue reading

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Book Review of Aloha, Mozart by Kelly Ferjutz

Mozart in Hawaii? No, not quite –. Did you ever read a book that made you feel it had been written just for you? Of course, with any luck (and great publicity) it would also be read by millions of … Continue reading

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San Francisco Book Review

Maile Manoa, of German/Chinese/Hawaiian heritage, finds herself strangely drawn to the world of opera after hearing a smidgen of O Patria Mia from Verdi’s Aïda while in grade school. The depictions of her trials and triumphs are so vivid, you’re … Continue reading

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June J. McInerney Book Review of Aloha, Mozart

This novel transports the reader across three continents and two oceans, immersing one’s imagination in the myriad intricate nuances of two cultures that are bridged together through Maile’s great talents and her sometimes misguided ambition. Aloha, Mozart is great literary … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Flamingnet.com Book Review

“Maile Manoa’s singing came from the ocean, people said, from the mountains, from flowers. It floated on the wind like a message sent to each listener, a voice of ancient beauty.” It’s this kind of lovely phrasing that author Waimea … Continue reading

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Broadart Vibe Book Review

I won’t pretend that I went into this book knowing much about Hawaii, opera music, or Austrian-Soviet relations in the 1960s. However, Williams’ gorgeous language makes it easy to understand all three. The story slowly unfolds, and while I sometimes … Continue reading

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