AUDIOBOOK. Tantor Audio 2010, Narrated by: Laural Merlington, Emily Durante; 7 hours, 49 minutes
For THE BOOKIES, my IRL book club
What’s it ABOUT: A Japanese girl realizes that her one chance to get out and possibly live an exciting life will be to marry one of the American soldiers occupying Japan at the close of WW2. She looks back on her life, her secrets, her reality compared to her expectations and convinces her daughter and grandaughter to visit Japan and meet her family.
Wow, can you tell I didn’t really get into this one? That description seems pretty lackluster. It was an interesting story based partly on the history of Dilloway’s own mother and heritage. I thought some of the passages and ‘advice’ from the fictional guide to being a housewife that setup the chapters to be a bit preposterous but hey – what do I know?
I have no complaints, narration was fine – actually, I didn’t even realize it was two different people until I prepped this post so my being amazed at being able to do the voices is now altered; not so amazing, that, anymore. But still, the audiobook was well-done; easy to follow along.
I’m sure we will find much to talk about Friday at club. Mother-daughter relationships? loneliness? cultural identities? US-Japan diplomacy? How to grow into love? The author provides a few thoughtful questions on her blog’s Reader Guide.
Meg at her blog Write Meg! LOVED it! Read her review here. LiterateHousewife found it to be ‘a satisfying read.’ Click here to read her thoughts and find links to many other reviews.
Rating: Three slices of pie. (Remember THREE STARS = “I liked it.” No one better say ‘sorry this wasn’t better for you’ because it was just fine. ok?)