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The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel Paperback – July 11, 2017
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Praise for The Diplomat's Daughter:
"Karin Tanabe’s moving new novel, The Diplomat's Daughter, is set during the global turmoil of the late 1930s and ‘40s, but its political resonance is timeless and its story is captivating...All this makes for rich reading. And even though we know how World War II concludes, the fates of Emi, Leo, and Christian will surprise you." (Washington Post)
“Tanabe gracefully entwines [Emi, Leo and Christian’s] lives, deftly depicting the psychological devastation of thwarted futures and poignantly sketching the shifts into cherishing the present moment. A gorgeously sweeping tale of the transcendence of love.” (Kirkus)
"Above all, this is a novel about people from different backgrounds and walks of life being flung together by circumstance and finding love...[Tanabe's] attachment to her characters and passion for the period shine through." (Historical Novel Society)
“Well-drawn, believable characters, a timely theme and a plot that holds your interest as the action moves from Austria, to the United States, Japan and China.” (The Missourian)
“Tanabe’s captivating novel sweeps across three continents during World War II…top-notch storytelling and a gripping plot make this a satisfying read.” (The Plain Dealer)
“Tanabe's back with another summer read chock full of drama and rich historical detail.” (Working Mother)
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“Smart and thoughtful, The Gilded Years is a must-read this summer.” (PopSugar)
"Enticing...As Anita is drawn into Lottie's elite world, her secret roars beneath everything, threatening every step she takes." (Bustle)
“Tanabe’s thought-provoking novel raises challenging questions about how race, gender, and class advance and limit opportunities. There is plenty of material here for book group discussions.” (Library Journal (starred review))
About the Author
Karin Tanabe is the author of The Gilded Years, The Price of Inheritance, and The List. A former Politico reporter, her writing has also appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and The Washington Post. She has made frequent appearances as a celebrity and politics expert on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and The CBS Early Show. A graduate of Vassar College, Karin lives in Washington, DC. To learn more visit KarinTanabe.com.
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The breadth of the novel is enormous, and yet author Karin Tanabe is able to gather each thread with a deftness that provides an incredibly satisfying experience for those who like their historical fiction to be cinematically epic. While there are no shortage of books revolving around WWII, “The Diplomat’s Daughter,” differs in that it offers a chance to delve into lesser known atrocities of the era. I was particularly moved by the depiction of Shanghai, where Leo Hartmann, Emi’s childhood sweetheart, finds himself struggling to survive with his family after fleeing Nazi Austria. Tanabe show us that while Leo avoids certain death due to the benevolence of the Japanese, he is still marginalized by their alliance with the Axis powers, and that his Chinese neighbors suffer even more. It’s this kind of “give with one hand, take from the other” observation that makes the novel so powerful. Tanabe has a knack for illustrating the contradictory grey areas that come from the political clashing with the human.
I was a big fan of Karin Tanabe’s historical fiction novel, “The Gilded Years,” and was happy to find that her usual eye for detail and vivid characterizations remain keen in this latest effort. Definitely check out “The Diplomat’s Daughter” if you liked “The Gilded Years” (and if you haven’t read that, I recommend picking it up as well!)
This story not only tells about the German treatment of Jews, but of how the Japanese treated the Chinese. Also how Americans treated other Americans, by way of interrment camps, and repartion to Japan, Italy and Germany.
Also, Ms. Tanabe, did show that the Japanese and Chinese governments try to save as many Jews as the Nazi's would let them by giving them passports and visas to their respective countries.