When bombardier Micah Lund dies on a mission over Hiroshima, his spirit remains trapped in the land of his enemies.
Dazed, he follows Kiyomi Oshiro, a war widow struggling to care for her young daughter, Ai. Food is scarce, work at the factory is brutal, and her in-laws treat her like a servant. Watching Kiyomi and Ai together, Micah reconsiders his intolerance for the people he’d called the enemy.
As his concern for the mother and daughter grows, so does his guilt for his part in their suffering.Micah finds a new reality when Kiyomi and Ai dream—one which allows him to interact with them. While his feelings for Kiyomi deepen, imminent destruction looms. Hiroshima is about to be bombed, and Micah must warn Kiyomi and her daughter.
In a place where dreams are real, Micah races against time to save the ones he loves the most.
In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow is a tale about love in its most extraordinary forms—forgiveness, sacrifice, and perseverance against impossible odds.
A Magical, Memorable Read!
I wasn’t sure about this novel when I first looked, but I’m so very glad I went on to read it.
Kiyomi’s husband died during the war serving his country; she continues to live with his parents, as custom dictates, and cares for her daughter, works hard in a factory and returns home to be treated as little more than a slave by her mother-in-law. When she passes the dead body of a foreign airman, she is unaware that his spirit follows her. This is the story of what happened next . . .
Anyone who follows my reviews will realise that I don’t ‘do’ fantasy or anything like it but I do have an interest in fiction relating to Japan as we have family connections. The author describes this as ‘magic realism’ and I have to say that is just perfect. I LOVED this novel! Quite apart from enjoying the story, I learned about what the ordinary Japanese citizens had to endure and it was quite horrific. I read a lot about wartime in this country and the differences were quite shocking – and it’s not as if the domestic scene was a picnic here! This is a wonderfully crafted novel; the story flows smoothly and the writing drew me in from the very beginning. I could hardly believe that I had reached the end – I completely lost myself in the story line I hadn’t realised that the final pages were imminent. A magical, memorable read and one I’m very happy to give a full house of stars!
My thanks to the author for my copy of his novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 344 pages
- Publisher: Eiledon
- Publication Date: 1 August 2020
- Links: Goodreads
Kenneth W. Harmon lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and daughters. The award winning author of four novels, he is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Japan-America Society of Colorado, and Historical Writers of America.