House of Many Gods
House of Many Gods
Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345481511, 339pp.
Publication Date: June 26, 2007
Progressing from the 1960s to the turbulent present, the novel begins on the island of O ahu and centers on Ana, abandoned by her mother as a child. Raised by her extended family on the lawless Wai anae coast, west of Honolulu, Ana, against all odds, becomes a physician. While tending victims of Hurricane Iniki on the neighboring island of Kaua i, she meets Nikolai, a Russian filmmaker with a violent and tragic past, who can confront reality only through his unique prism of lies. Yet he is dedicated to recording the ecological horrors in his motherland and across the Pacific.
As their lives slowly and inextricably intertwine, Ana and Nikolai's story becomes an odyssey that spans decades and sweeps the reader from rural Hawaii to the forbidding Arctic wastes of Russia; from the poverty-stricken Wai anae coast to the glittering harshness of new Moscow and the haunting, faded beauty of St. Petersburg. With stunning narrative inventiveness, Davenport has created a timeless epic of loss and remembrance, of the search for family and identity, and, ultimately, of the redemptive power of love.
From the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Kiana Davenport’s Song of the Exile
“Reading this novel is an overwhelming experience. . . . Davenport’s prose is sharp and shining as a sword, yet her sense of poetry and love of nature permeate each line.”
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“Song of the Exile transports the reader into an often-magical world by the power of its story. Its language is at times a song, and sometimes a cry in the dark. . . . Davenport’s imagination and vision will haunt you for a long time.”