Sharks in the Time of Saviors is 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 from Kawai Strong Washburn. “Old myths
clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief, faith rubs
hard against magic, and comic flips with tragic so much they meld into
something new. All told with daredevil lyricism to burn. A ferocious
debut.” —Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf “So good it hurts
and hurts to where it heals. It is revelatory and unputdownable. Washburn
is an extraordinarily brilliant new talent.” —Tommy Orange, author of There
There In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-
old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean.
When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst.
But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a
shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends. Nainoa’s family,
struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue
as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods—a belief that appears
validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes,
this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa,
working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom
the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington,
his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics,
obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger
sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to
forge her independence from the family’s legacy. When supernatural events
revisit the Flores family in Hawai’i—with tragic consequences—they are all
forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the
cost of survival.

Kawai Strong Washburn—Sharks In The Time Of Saviors - A Novel