Fifty words for rain : a novel / Asha Lemmie.Material type: TextPublisher: [New York] : Dutton, Copyright date: ©2020Description: viii, 455 pages ; 22 cmContent type:
- 50 words for rain
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller!
From debut author Asha Lemmie, "a lovely, heartrending story about love and loss, prejudice and pain, and the sometimes dangerous, always durable ties that link a family together." --Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times- bestselling author of The Nightingale
Kyoto, Japan, 1948. "Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist."
Such is eight-year-old Noriko "Nori" Kamiza's first lesson. She will not question why her mother abandoned her with only these final words. She will not fight her confinement to the attic of her grandparents' imperial estate. And she will not resist the scalding chemical baths she receives daily to lighten her skin.
The child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Her grandparents take her in, only to conceal her, fearful of a stain on the royal pedigree that they are desperate to uphold in a changing Japan. Obedient to a fault, Nori accepts her solitary life, despite her natural intellect and curiosity. But when chance brings her older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him an unlikely ally with whom she forms a powerful bond--a bond their formidable grandparents cannot allow and that will irrevocably change the lives they were always meant to lead. Because now that Nori has glimpsed a world in which perhaps there is a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it--a battle that just might cost her everything.
Spanning decades and continents, Fifty Words for Rain is a dazzling epic about the ties that bind, the ties that give you strength, and what it means to be free.
"Previously published as a Dutton hardcover in September 2020" -- title page verso.
"The Good Morning America Book Club ; a GMA Book Club pick!" -- cover.
Includes reading group guide (-455).
Prelude -- Part I. Water song ; Boy with the violin ; Hikari (light) ; "Ave Maria" ; Delphinium ; Ame (rain) -- Part II. Exile ; Tree song ; Impasse ; Sonata ; Fear no evil ; Only thing immortal -- Part III. Traitor's requiem ; Night song ; Aurora -- Part IV. Skin ; But nowhere is home ; Chrysanthemum.
The illegitimate child of a Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Noriko "Nori" Kamiza is an outsider from birth. Though her grandparents take her in, they do so only to conceal her, fearful of a stain on the royal pedigree that they are desperate to uphold in a changing Japan. But when chance brings her legitimate older half-brother, Akira, to the estate, Nori finds in him the first person who will allow her to question, and the siblings form an unlikely but powerful bond. Now that Nori has glimpsed a world in which perhaps there is a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it-a battle that just might cost her everything.