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Kai Carlson-Wee & Kristiana Kahakauwila – Rail & This Is Paradise: Stories


Set against a landscape of rail yards and skate parks, Kai Carlson-Wee’s debut collection captures a spiritual journey of wanderlust, depression, brotherhood, and survival. Part cowboy poet, part prophet, Carlson-Wee finds beauty in the grit and kinship among strangers along the road. Kristiana Kahakauwila’s short story collection, This Is Paradise: Stories, strikingly exposes the dangers lurking beneath Hawai'i’s myth of paradise. This Is Paradise perfectly depicts the struggle of what it is to be between—between change and tradition, between locales, and between identities—and powerfully examines how we define ourselves and our relationships to those around us.