Sleeping Beauties by Susanna Moore

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Like her much-acclaimed previous novels, Susanna Moore's Sleeping Beauties is set in Hawaii, whose shimmering beauty and melancholy traditions are both seductive and dangerously hard to leave. Or so they prove for Clio, who marries a well-known Hollywood actor--providing her with the promise of escape from the entanglements of island life.
 

About Susanna Moore

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Susanna Moore is the author of the novels The Big Girls, One Last Look, In the Cut, Sleeping Beauties, The Whiteness of Bones, and My Old Sweetheart, and two books of nonfiction, Light Years: A Girlhood in Hawai'i and I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai'i. She lives in New York City.
 
Published June 26, 2013 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ultimately, though, it is Hawaii and all its history--her own history--that draws the aptly named Clio back home to stay with Emma and Mabel, her blind and ancient grandmother.

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Clio Lynott is torn between her responsibility to the spirits of her ancient Hawaiian family and her desire to leave the isolation of her beautiful island home to ``swim in the current'' of modern life.

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Moore's impressive third novel portrays a Hawaiian ``island girl'' who flees her ancestral home to marry a Hollywood movie star.

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SLEEPING BEAUTIES Susanna Moore (Knopf, $22) Susanna Moore's third novel loops through Hawaii's dark corners, where sea gods call adults into the waves while city councils dispose of the property.

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