The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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"An exquisitely crafted love story and multi-generational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family - like thousands of other Japanese Americans - are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco's charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years. Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, 'The Japanese Lover' explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives."--from publisher
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442391246
1442391243
9781442391253
1442391251
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9 hrs.)) : digital

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AL_ZOEY Aug 11, 2016

Isabel Allende is a master story teller, and intricately weaves a story that flows like a river. This historical fiction narrative starts in one place, and takes you to places unknown. It’s a joy to hear the intertwined stories of Alma, a refugee of pre-Nazi Poland, and Ichimei, a second generati... Read More »


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AL_ZOEY Aug 11, 2016

Isabel Allende is a master story teller, and intricately weaves a story that flows like a river. This historical fiction narrative starts in one place, and takes you to places unknown. It’s a joy to hear the intertwined stories of Alma, a refugee of pre-Nazi Poland, and Ichimei, a second generation Japanese-American and internment camp victim. Again, Allende gives us what she does best, an amazing multigenerational story with a reach far beyond the borders of the epic written.

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