Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Fukushima Dreams by Zelda Rhiando.
I’m delighted to be hosting the first day with a review but first I would like to thank the author, the publishers (Unbound) and Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of the tour, and for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for a review.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Unbound Digital (19 Dec. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911586882
- ISBN-13: 978-1911586883
Sachiko and her husband Harry live in a village on the North-east coast of Japan. They are both struggling to adapt to life as new parents to their infant son Tashi. In the aftermath of the tsunami, Sachiko wakes alone. Her family is missing. She begins a desperate search until radiation fallout from the Fukushima power plant forces her to leave the area. She moves to Tokyo, and a different life. Harry has fled to a refuge on an isolated mountain, abandoning his family. He lives there, haunted by guilt and hovering on the edge of sanity. Will they find each other and confront the question of their missing son?
Not my typical read but one which I thoroughly enjoyed nonetheless.
This book almost reads like two different genres. We have the story of a woman unknowingly abandoned trying to get over the “death” of her family, coupled with the mind bending story of a husband in hiding – with chapters alternating between both.
It becomes very clear early on that there is some confusion as to what happened to the couples child, and this becomes the backbone of Harry’s story, as he struggles with the guilt of abandoning his family. However, the relationship between Harry and Sachiko, and their growth together is the true story here.
The overall story here is thoroughly engaging, and although it is not written in true “page turner” style, I found myself unable to put it down. The author has crafted a wonderful “post tsunami” Japan, showing us what were most likely the harsh reality for many many thousands of people. This coupled with Harry’s story makes for a mesmerizing experience. I couldn’t get enough, and I felt for everything that they were both going through.
This is certainly a great read, and I’m just thankful that this book got it’s chance to be published.
About the author
Zelda Rhiando was born in Dublin and read English Literature at Cambridge. She lives in South London with her husband, two daughters and four cats, and is one of the founders of the Brixton BookJam. She is the author of two novels, Caposcripti and Fukushima Dreams.
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