David L. Ulin

Moore brings a novelist’s eye to her fascinating history of Hawaii, a place of unexpected entanglements between colonialists and islanders

When news emerged three years ago that filmmaker Shane Salerno and writer David Shields were working on a lengthy oral biography (with accompanying documentary) about J.D. Salinger, I assumed it would be all smoke and no fire. Salinger, after all, had gone to ground after the publication of his novella Hapworth 16, 1924 in the June 19, 1965, issue of The New Yorker. Even in the wake of his death, in January 2010 at age 91, his estate had preserved the silence of his final 45 years.

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