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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...”

—Booklist

“Ana Johns weaves together past and present in wonderful ways … This outing is richly-researched, moving and cinematic in feel.”

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

MAY 28th, 2019
BLOOM WITH TALL POPPY WRITERS
Time: 11 am CST

MAY 29th, 2019
SCHULER BOOKS

Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Author talk & signing - 7 pm

MAY 30th, 2019
NICOLA'S BOOKS

ANN ARBOR, Michigan 

Author talk & signing - 7 pm

JUNE 31st,  2019

INDY STYLE on WISH TV 8
Indianapolis, IN

Live author interview at 10 am 

JUNE 1st, 2019
BLACK DOG BOOKS

Zionsville, Indiana

Author talk & signing - 1-3 pm

JUNE 12th,  2019

AUTHOR LUNCHEON AT FROGGY'S HOSTED BY: LAKE FOREST BOOKS 
Highwood, IL 

luncheon  - 11:30 am 
Tickets ($) include lunch & book!
Call 847-234-4420 to reserve seats!

​©2018 by Ana Johns all rights reserved.​  author photo credit ©caseyandhercamera

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