Fifty Words for Rain
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A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and 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 NightingaleKyoto, 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.
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"This beautifully written book had my heart aching and breaking. I could not put it down and I did not want it to end. A gripping tale of love and loss. A question of lying down in the face of destiny or taking hold of it. I highly recommend this one. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I did not want to get off. 💛🎢 "
"This story is a 10 for me. Takes place in Japan after World War II with a daughter born out of wedlock. Her grandmother is a relative of the emperor. The Grandmother is cruel and ashamed of Nori. Unbeknownst to Nori, she has a half brother, Akira. He becomes her protector, which the grandmother does not like at all. This book is full of wonderful characters that the author brings to life. And it is a winding, surprising storyline. ￼"
"One of those rare books you don't want to end. "