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The Seventh Moon by [Gabriel, Marius]
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A suspenseful blend of wartime adventures and history, Gabriel's highly atmospheric, labyrinthine saga of international politics and lost families features a hardy heroine confronted by the daughter she's long believed dead. Now 48, self-made millionaire Francine Lawrence is a survivor of WWII. In flashbacks to 1941, she is a young Eurasian mother whose English husband, the manager of a Malay tin mine, disappears when the Japanese attack. Francine and her four-year-old daughter, Ruth, are installed in a hotel in Singapore, but their precarious situation is exacerbated by racial discrimination. Besieged by Europeans who want rooms, the hotel manager evicts Francine and her child. Francine has no choice but to accept rescue by a persistent suitor, Major Clive Napier. They wangle passage on a dilapidated junk, hoping to get to Java, but after a harrowing voyage (a bombing and a typhoon), they come ashore in Borneo. There, the couple are forced to leave Ruth, who is too sick to travel, with friendly natives. Eventually, after they have made their way to freedom, Francine hears that Ruth was bayoneted by invading Japanese soldiers. More than two decades later, Sakura Ueda walks into Francine's posh Manhattan office, claiming to be her long-lost daughter. At this point the scope of the novel expands, and the plot line shifts to the internecine policies of Laos in the early '70s, involving drug lords, the CIA, the U.S. government and the Pathet Lao. The author burdens Sakura with an impenetrably tangled, tragic history: a childhood in the Bornean jungle and in Tokyo with a Japanese war criminal who later commits seppuku, an adolescence of isolation and poverty and an adulthood marked by gang rape, run-ins with Laotian gangsters, heroin dealing, the kidnapping of her baby and tuberculosis. The narrative is most effective when Gabriel (House of Many Rooms) focuses on Francine and on her skeptical, defensive and complicated feelings toward Sakura, whom she believes is an impostor out for her "mother"'s millions. Though the heroic, violent climax is unnecessarily complicated, Francine's and Sakura's revelatory emotional meltdown is poignant. (Dec.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this novel, Gabriel (House of Many Rooms) tries unsuccessfully to infuse some imagination into an age-old plot. During the bombing of Singapore by the Japanese, Francine Lawrence, a young Eurasian mother, must leave her daughter behind in order to save both herself and the child. Thirty years later, she encounters a woman claiming to be that long-lost child. The novel spends the next 300 pages in a back-and-forth, yes-she-is, no-she-isn't volley of truths and half-truths. Despite some exotic locales, the daughter, Ruth, a.k.a. Sakura, seems strangely flat and lifeless. There's little real suspense, and it's hard to feel much sympathy for either Francine or her self-proclaimed daughter; each has had her share of romantic entanglements, but these relations seem uninspired and dreary. The novel manages to pull off a somewhat climactic last few pages, but it comes too late. A marginal purchase for larger fiction collections only.AMargaret Ann Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., MI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1016 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015EMP3C8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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