Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel by Asha Lemmie

Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel by Asha Lemmie
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Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel by Asha Lemmie

A 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.

Rave reviews:

I fell in love with Japan on a trip there in 2004. I saw a beautiful and safe country. This book mentions Japan’s beauty, but also shows some tough realities of parts of that society. There are close friendships, racism and a criminal element. The ending will have you gasping.

I felt like I was looking through a window into the culture of a wealthy Japanese family in the 40’s and 50’s. Heartwarming, frustrating, and always a struggle between kindness, unworthiness and safety. The frustrations of the main character and the unfairness and ruthlessness with which she was treated were pervasive. They left me wanting more.

I’d recommend this book for people who like to read about strong female characters who face difficult choices and come out on top and for readers who love the beauty of Japan and the intriguing Japanese cultural. This book kept held me captive until the very end and taught a so many interesting things about Japanese culture in the 1930s. If you love historical fiction and love to read about Japan and the Japanese culture and morals, you will truly enjoy this book. I am looking forward to the next book from this talented writer. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel by Asha Lemmie. 

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