The Japanese Lover

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Product Number: Z100135859
Released: Feb 12, 2018
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ISBN: #9781442391246
Narrator/s: Joanna Gleason
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From New York Times and internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational 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. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

Author(s): Isabel Allende
Original Publish Date: Nov 03, 2015


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The Japanese Lover
Product Number: BX00073359
Product Number:DD21364
Product Number:Z100135859

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Author(s): Isabel Allende
Narrator(s): Joanna Gleason
Product Number DD21364
Released: Nov 03, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781442391239
Author(s): Isabel Allende
Product Number EB00598093
Released: Nov 03, 2015
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9781501117008

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"Author Isabelle Allende turns her prodigious talents to the ravages of WWII in this story of Alma, a young Polish immigrant who loses her immediate family to Hitler's concentration camps. Soon after, one of her best friends disappears into the Japanese internment camps in the American West. Joanna Gleason narrates both the historical events and the modern story as Alma's caretaker tries to piece together Alma's secrets. Both story and narration are at their best during the WWII parts. Here Gleason's voice wraps the listener completely into the events with her passion for the characters. However, when the plot switches to modern times, both Allende and Gleason seem to lose interest, and the story drags. J.L.K. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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