A groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawai�ian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation.


In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawai�i, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears the worst. But Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story the stuff of legends.

Kawai Strong Washburn�s debut, Sharks in the Time of Saviors, follows Noa�s family as they struggle amid the collapsing sugarcane industry. They hail his rescue as a sign of the favor of ancient Hawaiian gods�a belief that appears reinforced by Noa�s puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor drives the family apart: Noa, now working as a paramedic in gritty Oregon neighborhoods, attempts to fathom his expanding abilities; farther north, in Washington, his older brother Dean, becoming obsessed with wealth and fame, hurtles into the world of elite college athletics; while in California, risk-addicted younger sister Kaui navigates unforgiving academic and wilderness landscapes to forge her independence from the family�s legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores household in Hawai�i�this time with tragic consequences�everyone must reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel

SKU: 9781250787316
  • Available March 2, 2021

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