Review; The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the historical novel The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community. However, Naoko has fallen for an American sailor and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovač, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation. Setting out to learn the truth, Tori’s journey leads her to a remote seaside village in Japan where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

Inspired by true stories, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

My Thoughts on the Book
The Woman in the White Kimono is a heartwrenching novel, yet it does contain hope an persistance. I loved the writing style of the author and the book contains several nuggets of wisdom, such as “Worrying gives small things big shadows.”.

In general, it's a beautifully written book about a dark chapter of Japan's history.


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