Check out the book, A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding, by Jackie Copleton, on the Portobello Book Blog
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding was my book group’s choice for March. When we discussed it last week, it was one of those rare books which everyone had enjoyed. It wasn’t a book I’d heard of before but it sounded like an interesting story so I was looking forward to reading it – and I thought it was superb.
It is hard to imagine the horrors witnessed by the survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. I was quite surprised to know there were many survivors to be honest. This book is about Amaterasu who lost her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo at Nagasaki. She moved to America with her husband and many years later is widowed when a young man appears at her door one day, claiming to be her grandson. She cannot believe this badly disfigured man can be Hideo but he leaves…
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