- File Size: 681 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Publisher: Japan American Socieity of Southern California; 1 edition (June 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00556WX9A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
SHAKEN: Stories for Japan Kindle Edition
|Length: 249 pages|
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The Japan America Society is the organization which will be dispersing the money raised by the sales of the book, guaranteeing that every penny goes where it is pledged.
Not all the stories are mysteries. They are stories that span human experience while reflecting Japanese culture. Some are in the present time, some are not. Some take place in Japan, many do not. All will resonate with the reader in a way that is personal to each.
Some of the writers are new to me but I will be remedying that very soon. Vicki Doudera sets her story in a small town on the coast of Maine. Wendy Hornsby tells the story of The Emperor's Truck and a determined young girl during World War II. Stefan Hammond writes of a group of young women who have lost their way but maybe have found the way for another. Dianne Emley introduces the reader to a couple of girls, teenagers in the 1970's, who share a secret that challenges their views of family. Rosemary Harris offers a glimpse of life among the genteel, gracious ladies of Connecticut in 1983.Read more ›
Thanks for the reading pleasure.
And thanks for the opportunity it gave me to contribute, in a small way, to the very worthy cause for which it was conceived.
I hope you sell millions!
Before the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that hit Japan in March 2011, I hadn't heard of many of the places in Japan that would dominate world headlines. That's what a tragedy will do. For all the wrong reasons, it brings together people regardless of borders, cultures or routine.
For all the right reasons, a group of authors decided to put together an anthology of short stories. Each contribution intertwined some component of Japan and its people, be it present or past. All the proceeds go toward the ongoing relief efforts in Japan following those few minutes that changed everything. Amazon even agreed to donate its portion. The win-win-win of this anthology is a sign of humanity in an otherwise inhuman event.
That third win is for the reader. The quality of these stories is remarkable. I'm not saying other charitable anthologies aren't worth your time, but some forget about where these donations ultimately come from: the reader. The authors didn't submit backwash sitting idle on their desktop. No, these are quality stories that could stand on their own. It speaks to their passion for responding to this disaster that they would contribute such salable work.
In addition, each story is partitioned by haiku from "Narrow Road" by Matsuo Basho, one of the most renowned names in the craft. It reminds the reader of the timelessness of Japan, and why a country so eternal will survive to see better days.
It's a bit daunting to review each story individually, but I can say each was a treat to read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It would have been easier to pick and choose the short stories if I had the actual book rather than on my Kindle. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Shaken was a book I found very interesting and easy to read. The stories were short and compelling. I also wanted to support the Japan earthquake fund. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Kiyokoann
Twenty-one authors accepted the challenge set down by Tim Hallinan: write a short story that would be one part book, one part gift of time--which by the way, is no mean gift. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by RP Dahlke
This book is everything one would want in a book about the Japanese people, and their ability to endure so many heartbreaking realities. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Lil Gluckstern
I can't wait to dig into these. Thank you, Tim Hallinan, for organizing this anthology, and thanks to all the stellar writers who participated.Published on June 30, 2011 by Kindle Customer