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The Woman in the White Kimono: A Novel Hardcover – May 28, 2019
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“The Woman in the White Kimono is a powerful and heartbreaking literary novel; a lush and masterful exploration of the indomitability of the human spirit set against the backdrop of post-World War II Japan. Johns’s exquisite and emotionally satisfying tale spans a cultural divide to marry a mother’s courageous determination to protect her daughter at any cost with a daughter’s quest for truth. I loved this book!” —Karen Dionne, bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
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Bravo to author Ana Johns!
On the negative side, I thought some of the episodes were unrealistic, but after all, this is a novel, so that can be expected, just like in Hollywood. My major criticism is that it became political, describing tragic events that
took place over 70 years ago, which were cruel but certainly not mainstream. I felt that the book paints the Japanese with an undeserved broad brush for the acts of a very few evildoers many years ago. We Americans certainly aren't perfect, as recent events have highlighted.
That said, if you want very serious reading that is generally well-written , I do recommend this book.
Top international reviews
Beautifully written; poignant; you won't want to put it down.
Horrid to think this sort of thing actually happened - especially as my niece has a Japanese boyfriend , his family have been very welcoming
The book evokes many emotions, and is a very enjoyable book.
The past to present format, I don’t usually like but here it is imperative and adds to the growing suspense for revelations.
I loved this book !
I can’t wait to find out what the author writes next.
Read it... it’s beautiful.