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Marjorie Nelson Matthews, in conversation with Joni B. Cole--Hawai'i Calls

This in store event is free to attend and open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. Please note that, for the safety of our customers, booksellers, and guest authors, face masks are required at Norwich Bookstore events.


“A compelling story of family, heartache and transformation told in prose as intoxicating as the 1930s and 40s Honolulu that is its indelible backdrop.”

–Meg Lukens Noonan, author of The Coat Route

Sadira Doyle yearns to escape her life in a small New York town during the depression. When her alcoholic husband Archie loses his job, she decides their family will begin anew in Hawai‘i. The move exacerbates Archie’s drinking and her son Lionel’s emotional struggles, but Sadira lands the job of society columnist for Honolulu’s daily paper and finds herself in the company of the rich and famous. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor ends Hawai‘i’s days as a playground for celebrities and Sadira must recreate herself once more.


Marjorie Nelson Matthews was born and raised in Honolulu. She lives with her husband in Hanover, NH, and Hawai‘i Calls is her first novel.


Joni B. Cole teaches creative writing at her own Writer’s Center in Vermont, and is a frequent teacher and speaker at academic programs, conferences, and social-service organizations across the country. Cole is the author of six books and a contributor to The Writer, as well as host of the podcast Author, Can I Ask You?



Event date: 
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
291 Main St
Norwich, VT 05055-0307
Hawai'i Calls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781578690916
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call to confirm availability)
Published: Rootstock Publishing - June 21st, 2022

Sadira Doyle believes the best years of her life are behind her. A housewife and mother in a parochial town during the latter years of the depression, she yearns for more. Her husband is an alcoholic sinking into despair; her eldest son's eccentricities make him the object of bullying; and her mother-in-law's religious zeal runs counter to Sadira's own spiritual sensibilities.

Marjorie Nelson Matthews, in conversation with Joni B. Cole - Hawaii Calls - Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm
Event Summary: 
When Sadira Doyle begins her life anew as the society columnist in Honolulu during the Depression, the intoxicating, glamorous world she has entered soon proves challenging and flawed.

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