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The Color of Air

by Gail Tsukiyama

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The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama
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Set against the backdrop of a 1935 volcanic eruption, The Color of Air is a gentle exploration of guilt and grief that considers what it means to make a family and a home.

Daniel was raised in Hilo, Hawaii by Japanese immigrant parents. Having traveled to the U.S. mainland to study medicine, he worked hard to overcome racial stereotypes and be taken seriously as a doctor. Following a traumatic incident, however, he returns to his hometown in search of comfort and renewed purpose. But this is his first proper homecoming since the death of his beloved mother, Mariko, and he must confront those he left behind in pursuit of his career. This includes Koji, the true love of his mother's life, and Maile, his own former childhood sweetheart, both of whom are masking their own hidden pain. Worse still, his return coincides with the eruption of the volcano Mauna Loa (see Beyond the Book). With lava flowing towards Hilo, its people's secrets rise to the fore, as the loves and losses that bind this community together are gradually uncovered.

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