Victoria Nelson – Writer

My Time in Hawaii: A Polynesian Memoir



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Some of my time in Hawaii coincided with Victoria Nelson’s time there. Wonderfully intelligent, hers is the truest account of the Islands I’ve ever read. Her book explains for me where I was during my youth, and why I stayed so long. It’s a miracle that she was able to leave that place of kapus—and come away with so many secrets and ‘stories behind stories.’”
–Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book

“Since D. H. Lawrence, few memoirs of place have been written in such style as My Time in Hawaii. Nelson’s memories skip through the sunlight and stroll through luaus. The book has the darkness of an old beachside graveyard and the brightness of a spotted shell.”
–Michael McClure, author of Scratching the Beat Surface and The Beard