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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

by Jackie Copleton

Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding Synopsis

'What and how much should I admit to myself, and to others? Should I begin with this acknowledgement: my daughter Yuko might be alive today if I had loved her in a different way?' When a badly scarred man knocks on the door of Amaterasu Takahashi's retirement home and says that he is her grandson, she doesn't believe him. But if you've become adept at lying, can you tell when someone is speaking the truth? Amaterasu knows her grandson and her daughter died the day the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki; she searched for them amongst the ruins of her devastated city and has spent years burying her memories of that brutal summer. So this man is either a miracle or a cruel trick. The stranger forces Amaterasu to revisit her past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance, the fierceness of a mother's love. For years she has held on to the idea that she did what she had to do to protect her family...but now nothing seems so certain. We can't rewrite history, but can we create a new future?

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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding Press Reviews

'Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher, in the best way.' InStyle

'Astonishingly accomplished debut ... the graceful style and clarity of her writing make this an addictive read.' -- MUST READS Daily Mail

'Full of delicate imagery drawing on Japanese nature and culture, this is a rich, romantic story, brimming with restrained emotion - with a twist that will take your breath away. Superb.' Sunday Mirror

'Like Snow Falling on Cedars and The Reader, here is one of those rare life opportunities to look again at ourselves, and forgive, achieved with striking style, an unflinching eye and through a clever narrative. Brava Jackie Copleton.' -- Mary-Rose Maccoll, author of IN FALLING SNOW

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ISBN: 9780099592471
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780091959067
Publication date: 16/07/2015
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091959067
Publication date: 16th July 2015
Author: Jackie Copleton
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
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About Jackie Copleton

Jackie Copleton lived in Nagasaki and Sapporo where she taught English before returning to England and becoming a journalist. This is her first novel.

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