The Ash Garden

The Ash Garden

by Dennis Bock
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The Ash Garden by Dennis Bock

Emiko Amai is six years old in August 1945 when the Hiroshima bomb burns away half of her face. To Anton, a young German physicist involved in the Manhattan Project, that same bomb represents the pinnacle of scientific elegance. And for his Austrian wife Sophie, a Jewish refugee, it marks the start of an irreparable fissure in their new marriage.

Fifty years later, seemingly far removed from the day that defined their lives, Emiko visits Anton and Sophie, and in Dennis Bock’s powerfully imagined narrative, their histories converge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375727498
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2003
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: First Vintage International Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Dennis Bock’s story collection, Olympia, was awarded prizes in Canada and England. He lives in Toronto.

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Flameclaw weaves a nest for himself and his mother <p> Fawnstep licks Flameclaw's head, and curls up, sleeping immediatley
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The Ash Garden is a book whose time has come. It relates the story of three characters living through the Second World War, specifically, the tragic bombing of Hiroshima. The tension in the novel is created by the juxtapostion of the stories of a young girl, Emiko who lived thought the blast, a scientist, Anton Boll who was a minor player in the creation of the A-bomb, and his wife Sophie. It explores the lifetimes of these three people and their synchronistic and psychic connections to each other and to a sense of place. The Ash Garden is powerfully written, understated and emotionally rich. It is easy to read and constructed to keep you reaching. It is a book for those who would like to explore a fictionalised 'first-hand account' of an innocent who lived through one of the last centuries greatest human tradgedies and at what cost she survived. The Ash Garden explores in a impartial and compassionate manner, that which drives the hearts and minds of those men and women, who through a sense of what is right, create monstrous havoc in the lives of innocents. This story stretched me and changed me. Certainly the social relevance of The Ash Garden is that it presents so humanely, both sides of a tragic story.