Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.
Romeo and Juliet meets Madam Butterfly as two elegant narratives intertwine: a twenty-first century investigative reporter embarks on the most personal story of her life—locating the truth about a woman with whom her father had a forbidden relationship more than a half century ago. As her father’s secret past unfolds, the truth will reveal as much about him as about the woman and baby he left behind.
"Such a beautiful, intense, and lively novel about Japan that has not been seen since Memoirs of a Geisha." —The Bookseller
"A memorable novel with prose that goes straight to the heart." —Publishers Weekly
“A well-researched piece of historical fiction, loosely inspired by the military experience of the author's father, that shines a light on a dark chapter of Japanese history...”
—THE TORONTO STAR
“...a powerful and heartbreaking literary debut... I loved this book!”
—Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER
“Cinematic, deeply moving, and beautifully written.”
—Carol Mason, #1 bestselling author of AFTER YOU LEFT
“...an elegant testament to the tenacity of hope...” —Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
“...meant to be savoured and re-read and treasured ... poignant and emotional...” —Renita D'Silva, international author of THE FORGOTTEN DAUGHTER