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West of Then

West of Then

A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise

At the center of West of Then is Karen Morgan -- island flower, fifth-generation haole (white) Hawaiian, Mayflower descendant -- now living on the streets of downtown Honolulu. Despite her recklessness, Karen inspires fierce loyalty and love in her three daughters. When she goes missing in the spring of 2002, Tara, the eldest, sets out to find and hopefully save her mother. Her journey is about what you give up when you try to renounce your past, whether personal, familial, or historical, and what you gain when you confront it.
By turns tough and touching, Smith's modern detective story unravels the rich history of the fiftieth state and the realities of contemporary Hawaii -- its sizable homeless population, its drug subculture -- as well as its generous, diverse humanity and astonishing beauty. In this land of so many ghosts, the author's search for her mother becomes a reckoning with herself, her family, and with the meaning of home.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743236805 | 
  • October 2005
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Tara Bray Smith
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Tara Bray Smith

Tara Bray Smith was born and raised in Hawaii. She now lives and writes in New York City. West of Then is her first book.

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