Rightful Identity

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Rightful Identity is a story of three island families in Hawaii, spanning from the 60s to present day. They are hanai, meaning ‘extended family’ supporting each other in ways they know how-from the heart. As inexperienced teenagers, they cope with infidelity and teen pregnancies. As adults and parents, they struggle with memory loss and transgender issues. More

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About Jackie Pias Carlin

Jackie Pias Carlin is a lecturer at the University of Hawaii Maui College in Eng 100 and Eng 257-Literature of Hawaii.

Carlin is also a watercolorist.

Rightful Identity is her second book. She also wrote Spirit of the Village A Maui Memoir based on her childhood in a sugar plantation camp on Maui.

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Review by: Jim Swan on Dec. 04, 2011 :
This charming story takes us into the island inner society, where mere visitors can never enter. What struck me was the contrast between the hard-driving, dog-eat-dog value system of the world outside and that of the community, where everybody comes to know everybody else with an intimacy that most people don't have these days, and where people accept each other for who they are, flaws and all. I ate this fascinating story up and finished reading it within in only a few sittings -- a very rare feat for me these days.
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)

Review by: sheila franck on Nov. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
Very descriptive! I felt like I was back in Kihei in the 70's. It made me miss Maui. Good job, Jackie!
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)

Review by: Paul Patrick Robinson on Oct. 19, 2011 :
"Uncle" Patrick Robinson

For those of us who have, for what ev’a reason, had to leave the aina and travel to other lands far from Hawaii, this beautiful tale of island life brought back fond memories and many warm smiles of remembrance. For someone who was blessed to live in the “Most Hawaiian Place”, Hana, Maui, for a quarter of a century, I found this story to be about a people and place that I’d come to love. An unerring ear for dialog and a perceptive eye for capturing “local” island life, this well-trained writer, educator and artist was able to weave a generational saga of both the hardships and joys of being kamaka maoli.

This old Haole Boy found himself once again bathed in the warmth of Hawaiian o’hana life and was all the more grateful for the experience. Well done, Jackie.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: Gary Bungerfungfugidibik on Oct. 12, 2011 :
I was riveted reading the book. Many of the passages are very imagination enhancing, such as the shower trees and other locations where the characters were located or traveling on Maui. Although the editing of the non-dialougue passages missed some words needing correction, I really got into the experience of the island and characters. This is the second book I have read by this author and look forward to more.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Camille Taylor on Sep. 25, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading the book, the characters were vibrant and the story made me remember the the Kihei and Maui of the early 70's, when life on the surface seemed so simple. Great job Jackie!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: michael smith on Sep. 23, 2011 :
I love this book ..the characters were wonderful and the stories of how they went through life in the islands rang so true......
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Rose Lono on Sep. 17, 2011 :
Meant to give my review five stars!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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