Subduction

Overview

"Shimoda is a consummate storyteller" — Booklist

"Shimoda skillfully weaves (these) tales into the narrative, revealing how past events "continue to affect the island, like aftershocks." Earthquakes are an apt metaphor for the social disruptions on the island, and Shimoda links modern earthquake science, ancient Japanese myths on the origin of earthquakes, and an unforgettable cast of characters to create a suspenseful, richly illustrated novel." — Publishers Weekly

"Husband and...

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Overview

"Shimoda is a consummate storyteller" — Booklist

"Shimoda skillfully weaves (these) tales into the narrative, revealing how past events "continue to affect the island, like aftershocks." Earthquakes are an apt metaphor for the social disruptions on the island, and Shimoda links modern earthquake science, ancient Japanese myths on the origin of earthquakes, and an unforgettable cast of characters to create a suspenseful, richly illustrated novel." — Publishers Weekly

"Husband and wife team Todd and Linda Shimoda’s skills blend seamlessly together to make Subduction a hauntingly beautiful and highly unique novel. The author’s prose and illustrator’s talent give the book a tone and quality that is both rare and memorable." — ForeWord

"Subduction heaves with a splintered brilliance I could only appreciate after rejoining the parts inside my imagination. Each section slides or grinds along another, but the final whole is a work that stayed with me for weeks afterward." — The Japan Times

Subduction is a timely, seductive mystery set on a tiny, earthquake-plagued island. Endo, a young physician unjustly charged with a patient's death, is banished to the island to care for the few remaining elderly residents. Determined to remain on their crumbling island and resuscitate their defunct fishing industry, the aging islanders plot against all outsiders. After a mysterious death and attacks on Endo and fellow newcomers, he discovers why the islanders don't wish to leave: years ago, jealousies, lust, and violence ripped apart their lives, and the wounds haven't healed. The aftershocks of the islanders' past, as well as Endo's own troubled history, replay violently in the present just as a massive earthquake strikes.

Exquisitely designed with L.J.C. Shimoda's artwork throughout, Subduction also features a sixteen-page illustrated retelling of the myth of Kashima, the god who controls a giant, thrashing catfish that causes earthquakes. The myth offers clues to the mysterious motives of the island's denizens.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Shimoda's eerie thriller (after Oh! A Mystery of Mono No Aware), a young Japanese doctor, Endo, is banished to Marui-jima, "a dust mote of an island," after he takes the blame for a patient's death. Although the government ordered the island's evacuation after a decade-long "earthquake swarm," its elderly inhabitants refuse to leave their home. On Marui-jima, Endo meets Aki, a seismologist who left his family in Tokyo to study the island's earthquakes and subduction zones, and Mari, a beautiful documentary filmmaker "dealing with demons." From Mari and Aki, Endo uncovers Marui-jima's past: a history of resentment between the local fishermen and the wealthy Furuta who bought them out to form his powerful fleet, an illicit "exchange" between Furuta and a fisherman's wife, and two deaths that remain unexplained 40 years later. As Endo and Mari grow closer, she shares with him the islanders' stories—as well as Aki's and her own. Shimoda skillfully weaves these tales into the narrative, revealing how past events "continue to affect the island, like aftershocks." Earthquakes are an apt metaphor for the social disruptions on the island, and Shimoda links modern earthquake science, ancient Japanese myths on the origin of earthquakes, and an unforgettable cast of characters to create a suspenseful, richly illustrated novel. (May)
From the Publisher

"Todd Shimoda's Subduction is a wonderful, multi-layered mystery filled with good humor, razor-sharp tension and startling aftershocks that recalls the best of Haruki Murakami." -- Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author of Love in Translation and Midori by Moonlight.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984457670
  • Publisher: Chin Music Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,224,754
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Todd Shimoda won the 2010 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, presented by the Hawai’i Literary Arts Council. It is the highest literary honor in the state. Of his previous novels, Oh! was named an NPR summer best read and a notable book by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The Fourth Treasure was translated into six languages and was named a notable book by the Kiriyama Prize. His novels have been reviewed and he has been interviewed in many US and international publications such the San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Japan Times, and The Village Voice. He was born and raised in Colorado, and lives in Hawaii and California. His PhD in science and mathematics education is from the University of California, Berkeley.

L.J.C. (Linda) Shimoda is an accomplished artist, illustrator, and book designer. Her artwork and illustrations have appeared in her husband Todd Shimoda's novels, 365 Views of Mt. Fuji, The Fourth Treasure, and Oh!. Linda's artwork adds a dynamic visual layer to Todd's stories, creating an experience beyond reading. Her art has appeared in many venues and publications, and she received a degree in design from the University of Texas at Austin.

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