Set Against The Pulsing Backdrop Of Post War Tokyo, The Translation Of Love Tells The Gripping And Heartfelt Story Of A Newly Repatriated Japanese Canadian Girl Who Must Help A Classmate Find Her Missing Sister A Dazzling New Face Of Fiction For 2016 That Will Appeal To Readers Of All The Light We Cannot See And Anita Shreve.Thirteen Year Old Aya Shimamura Is Released From A Canadian Internment Camp In 1946, Still Grieving The Recent Death Of Her Mother, And Repatriated To Japan With Her Embittered Father They Arrive In A Devastated Tokyo Occupied By The Americans Under The Command Of General Douglas MacArthur Aya S English Language Abilities Are Prized By The Principal Of Her New School, But Her Status As The Repat Girl Makes Her A Social Pariah Until Her Seatmate, A Fierce, Willful Girl Named Fumi Tanaka, Decides That Aya Might Be Able To Help Her Find Her Missing Older Sister Beautiful Sumiko Has Disappeared Into The Seedy Back Alleys Of The Ginza Fumi Has Heard That General MacArthur Sometimes Assists Japanese Citizens In Need, And She Enlists Aya To Compose A Letter In English Asking Him For Help.Corporal Matt Matsumoto Is A Japanese American Working For The Occupation Forces, And It S His Overwhelming Job To Translate Thousands Of Letters For The General He Is Entrusted With The Safe Delivery Of Fumi S Letter But Fumi, Desperate For Answers, Takes Matters Into Her Own Hands, Venturing Into The Ginza With Aya In Tow.Told Through Rich, Interlocking Storylines, The Translation Of Love Mines A Turbulent Period To Show How War Irrevocably Shapes The Lives Of Both The Occupied And The Occupiers, And How The Poignant Spark Of Resilience, Friendship And Love Transcends Cultures And Borders To Stunning Effect.
A third generation Japanese Canadian, Lynne Kutsukake worked for many years as a librarian at the University of Toronto, specializing in Japanese materials Her short fiction has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, Ricepaper and Prairie Fire The Translation of Love is her first novel.
- 336 pages
- The Translation of Love
- Lynne Kutsukake
- 10 September 2018 Lynne Kutsukake