The Story of H

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.75 hours)
Product Number: Z100132189
Released: Aug 14, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062859228
Narrator/s: Shiromi Arserio
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Description

From an audacious new talent, The Story of H describes a searing quest by a Japanese woman and an American soldier to find a girl who goes missing in the aftermath of Hiroshima, a journey that spans the globe and travels to the darkest corners of the human mind and memory August 6, 1945: the day Enola Gay unleashed an atomic inferno over Hiroshima. In the wake of its devastation, two stories unfold. There's Jim, an American soldier who was entrusted with taking care of Yoro, a Japanese girl who then disappears after the atomic bomb falls. And there's H, a Japanese child who is at school when the bomb drops and is indelibly marked by its destruction. Both victims of the bomb, H and Jim meet for the first time in New York years later-their paths cross by chance, they fall in love, and together they continue Jim's search for Yoro. A quixotic twenty-first century quest to discover what makes us human, from refugee camps to the slave mines of Africa, from Brazil to Borneo, Japan to Mexico, it's also a journey that plumbs the depths and heights of cruelty and compassion, vulnerability and violence. Marina Perezagua's urgent, incantatory, and highly original novel moves us beyond our understanding of history as broad and sweeping to the individual stories of those who feel joy and pain, who suffer and transcend. Both dazzling and dark, The Story of H pulsates with a terrible beauty and power that lingers with the reader long after the last page.

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Author(s): Marina Perezagua
Original Publish Date: Aug 14, 2018

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Marina Perezagua
Product Number DD38629
Released: Aug 14, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781538552230
eBook
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Author(s): Marina Perezagua
Product Number EB00712123
Released: Aug 14, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: #9780062660732

Professional reviews

"Shiromi Arserio delivers an emotional narration of a post-WWII story--part mystery, part self-revelatory exploration, and filled with depictions of violence, gender-identity issues, PTSD, and depression. A survivor of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, "H" is involved with an American soldier named Jim whose missing daughter leads them on a quest that spans decades. Written in stark, striking prose, the novel's dark content is interspersed with brief joyful respites. Arserio's portrayal of H narrates the highs, lows, and anxiety-riddled musings of a person who is constantly learning how to navigate the present through a lens of personal trauma. A redemptive and emotional listen. A.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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