Fifty Words for Rain
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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
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Unreadable submitted by jillrachele on April 10, 2021, 2:48pm I had to stop reading this about halfway through because it was unreadable. Melodramatic, implausible, and worst of all, replete with historical and cultural inaccuracies. I'm shocked that this book got published...at the very least, it needed a thorough revision by editors familiar with Japanese language, culture, and history. It's offensively bad.
Not as expected submitted by cldaniels on July 13, 2021, 2:07pm An interesting concept, but some characters seemed too extreme and stereotyped. The ending did not fit the main character. Overall, unfulfilling.
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[New York] : Dutton, 
Year Published: 2020
Description: 452 pages ; 24 cm
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.