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Miss Gone-overseas: A Pillow Book [Kindle Edition]

Mitchell Anne Hagerstrom
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Book Description

In the sparse, lyrical style of a classic pillow book, Miss Gone-overseas chronicles a wartime life that doesn't focus on guns, bombs or military depredations, but on the pedestrian life of a lower-class Japanese woman as she reflects on the turmoil around her. Set on a lush tropical island during the later part of World War II, the book begins and ends with separations that are also beginnings.

Historical Fiction

Editorial Reviews


"For readers with any sort of interest in the Pacific, it's a natural. For those without such a background, it can also be compelling since the pathos doesn't really depend on island life, more on war time conditions in a Japanese possession. What was especially effective was the sparse entries in the diary, something so much in keeping with the characters in the novella. Well done!" - Francis X. Hezel, S.J., Micronesia Seminar

About the Author

Mitchell Anne Hagerstrom once lived on the Pacific island where this story takes place. She now lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tiny TOE Press (January 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YJ5PEM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,972 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Gone-Overseas January 25, 2012
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In the space of this novella, Hagerstrom, created a character that finds her way into your heart as a living breathing woman. I fell into the spell by a good storyteller. I could "see" the beads of sweat glistening on her skin, I could "hear" the clicking of the go stones, I could "feel" the intense oppressive humidity of the island. When the tale ended I felt this world Hagerstrom had created evaporate; how I miss it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful June 30, 2012
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This is an expertly crafted little book that paints a rich picture with minimal brush strokes. Just enough detail to set the scene and tell the story.
I can see how this might not sit well with someone expecting a straightforward story with everything explained, but for a reader willing to stretch the mind, this is an exercise that will leave one glowing with pleasure.
I'm delighted to have stumbled across this gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese interest June 1, 2012
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This short novel was a wonderful diary like compilation of the times of a Japanese sex slave during World War II. Without the need for graphic writing, the story conveyed a haunting loneliness during a challenging time regardless of whose side you are on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE IT VERY MUCH December 19, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another world and time March 7, 2012
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I quite simply could not put the book (Kindle) down. I knew the Japanese held the old Japanese Mandates/ US Trust Territory and now Federated States of Micronesia but didn't realize the extent of Japnese colonies there. But this isn't a history book, rather, the story of one Japanese comfort woman as WW2 ends in the Pacific. Like the previous reviewer, I could feel the breeze and smell the jasmine. As with the best of novels I was left wanting even more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 6, 2014
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This book had a great story line about how conditions in Japan was during World War 2. It showed how they had to fight to survive. This would be a great summer read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opener December 22, 2013
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It always helps to see the world from someone else's eyes. I have often wondered how others view the history of the world. This book is easy to read, hard to put down, and very well written. I am glad I live in America!
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Mitchell Hagerstrom was born in Iowa City, now lives in Austin. In between were sojourns on (or in) the East Coast, the West Coast, two Southern states, a Mid-West state, some Pacific Islands, and the Far East. Many of these locales reappear in her fictions.

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Fiction or Nonfiction?
I think it was an amazon flub that listed it as non-fiction. It's historical fiction -- set during WWII. I used the clues -- place names and some words in native language -- to pinpoint the place as Ponape or Pohnpei in the East Caroline Islands. The wartime events such as the bombing and then... Read More
Jun 1, 2012 by Leona |  See all 2 posts
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Thank you for posting this info - never thought of looking!!! Just read the book last night.
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