For fans of Tayari Jones and Ruth Ozeki, from National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Rizzuto comes a haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast.Twin sisters Hana and Kei grew up in a tiny Hawaiian town in thFor fans of Tayari Jones and Ruth Ozeki, from National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Rizzuto comes a haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast.Twin sisters Hana and Kei grew up in a tiny Hawaiian town in the 1950s and 1960s, so close they shared the same nickname Raised in dreamlike isolation by their loving but unstable mother, they were fatherless, mixed race, and utterly inseparable, devoted to one another But when their cherished threesome with Mama is broken, and then further shattered by a violent, nearly fatal betrayal that neither young woman can forgive, it seems their bond may be severed forever until, six years later, Kei arrives on Hana s lonely Manhattan doorstep with a secret that will change everything.Told in interwoven narratives that glide seamlessly between the gritty streets of New York, the lush and dangerous landscape of Hawaii, and the horrors of the Japanese internment camps and the bombing of Hiroshima, SHADOW CHILD is set against an epic sweep of history Volcanos, tsunamis, abandonment, racism, and war form the urgent, unforgettable backdrop of this intimate, evocative, and deeply moving story of motherhood, sisterhood, and second chances.
Shadow Child For fans of Tayari Jones and Ruth Ozeki from National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Rizzuto comes a haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in s New York City and World War II era Japan
Jan 1: this book sounds interesting, I'll try itJan 2: so jealous my mom is in Hawaii right nowJan 3: email publisher to see if author could attend book club meetingJan 4: WTH happened in that cave? Guess I'll have to stay up late to find out!Beautiful writing, lush storytelling, this book engaged me right away.
This is the story of twin sisters, Hana and Kei, who have a complicated history and even more complicated present. It is also the story of their mother, Miya/ Lillie, whose disturbing and harrowing past never leaves her, hanging like a shadow over her life and the lives of her two young daughters. The story slowly uncovers Lillie's past, while at the same time diving into the sometimes confusing relationship between the two girls, and especially dealing with a traumatic experience Hana has in a [...]
Thanks to and Grand Central Publishing.Interesting book. There is the story of Lillian/Miya in the 1940s in Japan, then the twins Hana(ko) and Kei(ko) and their interesting lives in Hawaii where their mother Lillian tells them stories about Lillian who she calls Miya. Ends up that Miya changed her name to Lillian when she left Japan. Her daughters never knew that and found a picture of a little boy who was her son who they never knew of either.Starting in the present with Hana living in New Yor [...]
Received this ARC from Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MAEnjoyed reading about Lillie’s life, internment and abduction/resettlement in Japan. Life in Hawaii portrays a less than flattering picture, again, interesting for going against the ‘tourist’ grain.Relationship between the twins in their early years was fascinating.I have to agree with previous reviewers that some of the darker issues could have been explained better. The book intimated at the beginning that horrific and damaging incide [...]
I won a copy of this book on in exchange for an honest review. I am not sure what I thought abut this book. I never got a good understanding of what made these characters tick, which is a shame as there was so much more potential there. I liked the fact it told the story from 3 different view points, and the historical aspect especially around the atomic bombs and Japan. I never grasped why Kei's friends targetted her sister Hana and exactly what happened to Hana in the cave and why Hana hated [...]
This was a little interesting in the beginning but it became too convoluted, confusing and very depressing. It is much too wordy for me, like listening to someone who enjoys hearing themselves talk.Others may like it, but it's not for me.
This book and I did not get along. I’ve recently become interested in reading and learning more about the experiences of Japanese Americans during WWII and was super hyped about this book because of that. I found the narrative during that time period more compelling. The narrative that was in the present was muddied and confusing. The way characters were described, the confusion with their names, the unclear motivation made it difficult for me to stay engaged with the book. It was pretty long, [...]