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Sharks in the Time of Saviours

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In 1995 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores is saved from drowning by a shiver of sharks. His family, struggling to make ends meet amidst the collapse of the sugar cane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favour from ancient Hawaiian gods.

But as time passes, this hope gives way to economic realities, forcing Nainoa and his siblings to seek salvation across the continental United States, leaving behind home and family.

With a profound command of language, Washburn's powerful debut novel examines what it means to be both of a place and a stranger in it.

©2020 Kawai Strong Washburn (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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"The novel you never knew you were waiting for." (Marlon James)

"I didn't want it to end." (Sarah Moss)

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