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May 2016 Debut of the Month.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016.
A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in time. It tells of a Japanese couple, Ameterasu and Kenzo, now living in America and the loss of their daughter and grandson after the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. We learn of Ameterasu’s great love before she married and then of their daughter’s great love. The identity of these men is at the centre of this tale. We start it as a very disfigured man arrives on widowed Ameterasu’s doorstep claiming to be her grandson. So the past is revealed to us in dramatic bursts and Ameterau tells us of the emotional conflict between her and her daughter: so sad. At the beginning of each chapter there is a Japanese word and an explanation of its meaning and usage, not always relevant but always interesting, hence the title. Highly recommended.
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016. A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK. Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher, in the best way. (InStyle). Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Now a widow living in America, she believes that one man was responsible for her loss; a local doctor who caused an irreparable rift between mother and daughter. When a man claiming to be Hideo arrives on her doorstep, she is forced to revisit the past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance and the realisation that if she had loved her daughter in a different way, she might still be alive today.
Closing date: 23/01/2020
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.
'Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher, in the best way' InStyle
'An absolute must. Gripping from the first page, you'll not want to put it down' Marie Claire
'A masterfully written story of loss, hope and forgiveness.' BBC Radio 2 Book Club
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Publication date: 16/07/2015
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||5th May 2016|
|Publisher:||Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Jackie Copleton lived in Nagasaki and Sapporo where she taught English before returning to England and becoming a journalist. This is her first novel.More About Jackie Copleton