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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library LEM (Text) 33500013285747 New In transit -
Moorhead Public Library LEM (Text) 33500013285739 New On holds shelf -
Karlstad LINK Site LEM (Text) 35500006304545 New Checked out 10/14/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781524746360
  • ISBN: 1524746363
  • Physical Description: viii, 452 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Dutton, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
"From debut author Asha Lemmie, a sweeping, heartrending coming-of-age novel about a young woman's quest for acceptance-and the unexpected ally that will change everything-in post-World War II Japan. Kyoto, Japan, 1948. "If a woman knows nothing else, she should know how to be silent. . . . 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 shameful skin. The illegitimate child of a Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori 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. Obedient to a fault, Nori accepts her solitary life for what it is, despite her natural intellect and nagging curiosity about what lies outside the attic's walls. But when chance brings her legitimate older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him the first person who will allow her to question, and the siblings form an unlikely but 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 try to break free"-- Provided by publisher.
Kyoto, Japan, 1948. Noriko "Nori" Kamiza will not question why her mother abandoned, or 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 shameful skin. The illegitimate child of a 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. When chance brings her legitimate older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, the siblings form an unlikely but powerful bond-- one their formidable grandparents cannot allow and that will irrevocably change the lives they were always meant to lead. -- adapted from jacket
Author Notes

Asha Lemmie was born in Virginia and raised in Maryland. She attended school in Washington, D.C., where she was fortunate to be exposed to a wide variety of cultural influences. She developed a passionate interest in reading at the age of two and has been writing stories since the age of five. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in English literature and creative writing, she relocated to New York City, where she worked in book publishing. Fifty Words for Rain is her first novel.

Subject: Racially mixed children > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Japanese Americans > Fiction.
Illegitimate children > Fiction.
Aristocracy (Social class) > Japan > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Kyoto (Japan) > Fiction.
Aristocracy (Social class)
Brothers and sisters.
Family secrets.
Illegitimate children.
Japanese Americans.
Racially mixed children.
Japan.
Japan > Kyoto.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Fiction.
Novels.
Bildungsromans.
Bildungsromans.
Novels.

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