Hanover Square Press
On Sale: May 7, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Historical | Literature and Fiction
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel set in World
War II Singapore about a woman who survived the Japanese
occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything‚ÄĒfor
fans of Pachinko
and We Were the Lucky Ones
Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and
into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two
survivors and one tiny child.
In a neighboring village, seventeen-year-old Wang Di is
strapped into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to
a Japanese military brothel where she is forced into sexual
slavery as a ‚Äúcomfort woman.‚ÄĚ After sixty years of silence,
what she saw and experienced still haunts her.
In the year 2000, twelve-year-old Kevin is sitting beside
his ailing grandmother when he overhears a mumbled
confession. He sets out to discover the truth, wherever it
might lead, setting in motion a chain of events he never
could have foreseen.
Weaving together two time lines and two very big secrets,
this stunning debut opens a window on a little-known period
of history, revealing the strength and bravery shown by
numerous women in the face of terrible cruelty. Drawing in
part on her family‚Äôs experiences, Jing-Jing Lee has crafted
a profoundly moving, unforgettable novel about human
resilience, the bonds of family and the courage it takes to
confront the past.
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