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.
America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation—one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must face the demons of her father's past and the woman he left behind.
Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko's fallen for an American sailor, a gaijin—despite the shame it brings to her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.
In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another on a journey to discover the true meaning of family.
Live author Interview on WISH TV 8's Indy Style.
On today's Indy Style, we hear from Ana and her story about how a debilitating diagnosis led to a new dream and newfound writing career & we learn what Japanese brides of American soldiers faced, and the tragic fate that became of many mixed-race babies during this period in her new novel, "The Woman in the White Kimono."
"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
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