Hawaiian Lei of Shrunken Heads by Katerina Sestakova Novotna
This bundle of short stories inspired by Hawaii s not for the faint hearted. But if you’re ok with a well written book, that contains some scenes of rape and mutilation from the get go, I’ll say go for it. The theme throughout is Hawaii, its people, gods and traditions. The writer is not a native to the islands but she has a sensitive and insightful touch and I can feel she has a great love for her adopted home. Many of us think of Hawaii as this Island paradise, which makes these stories maybe more, shocking. Paradise stays interesting for a little while; but it is the darker underbelly that is far more intriguing. I especially like the last story that carries the tittle of the book and nicely puts the whole book in context. This is talented writer with a wicked dark sense of humour. I’ve recently read some other work of hers in the anthology ‘you’re not alone’ and I’m pleased her work continues to go from strength to strength.