On Sale: June 5, 2018
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In a tour-de-force tapestry of science fiction and
historical fiction, Andromeda Romano-Lax presents a story
set in Japan and Taiwan that spans a century of empire,
conquest, progress, and destruction.
2029: In Japan, a historically mono-cultural nation,
childbirth rates are at an all-time low and the elderly are
living increasingly longer lives. This population crisis has
precipitated the mass immigration of foreign medical workers
from all over Asia, as well as the development of finely
tuned artificial intelligence to step in where humans fall
In Tokyo, Angelica Navarro, a Filipina nurse
who has been in Japan for the last five years, works as
caretaker for Sayoko Itou, a moody, secretive woman about to
turn 100 years old. One day, Sayoko receives a present: a
cutting-edge robot “friend” that will teach itself to
anticipate Sayoko’s every need. Angelica wonders if she is
about to be forced out of her much-needed job by an
inanimate object—one with a preternatural ability to uncover
the most deeply buried secrets of the humans around it.
Meanwhile, Sayoko becomes attached to the machine. The old
woman has been hiding secrets of her own for almost a
century—and she’s too old to want to keep them anymore.
What she reveals is a
hundred-year saga of forbidden love, hidden identities, and
the horrific legacy of WWII and Japanese colonialism—a
confession that will tear apart her own life and Angelica’s.
Is the helper robot the worst thing that could have happened
to the two women—or is it forcing the changes they both
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