By Jay Rubin, Rakuko Sakai
Arriving in Seattle at the eve of worldwide conflict II, Japanese-born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and turns into surrogate mom to his fair-haired American baby, invoice. however the bombing of Pearl Harbor lines the newly shaped relatives as U.S. executive mandates and Tom’s starting to be pain with all issues jap strength Mitsuko and younger invoice to go away Seattle and Tom in the back of for the Minidoka Internment Camp, uncertain in the event that they will ever return.
Two many years later, thoughts of Minidoka and long-lost Mitsuko hang-out invoice, sparking an hard trip that leads him from Seattle’s foreign District to newly reconstructed Japan to discover his eastern mom and examine the reality approximately their shared past.
Jay Rubin is among the premier English-language translators of jap literature. he's top recognized for his various translations of works by means of Haruki Murakami, Japan’s best modern novelist, and the examine Haruki Murakami and the tune of phrases. so much lately, he has translated the 1st books of Murakami’s bestselling novel, 1Q84. moreover, Rubin’s Making feel of eastern is still one the generally used courses to jap language studies.
Jay Rubin got his PhD in jap literature from the collage of Chicago and taught at Harvard college and the collage of Washington. He lives close to Seattle together with his spouse.
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The Sun Gods by Jay Rubin, Rakuko Sakai