The gap between the old Japan and the new is never so wide as when it tears open a young girl�s
It's 1952 Japan, seven years since the war was lost to the Americans, seven years since Miyoko
lost her father and the home of her birth. Now she must earn a living caring for the children of
an American family at the nearby air base.
When tragedy strikes, sixteen-year-old Miyoko is ordered to obey her family's wishes or disgrace
the memory of her father and bring hardship upon her family. Tradition says she must obey, but
her secret heart whispers that the new laws can free her.
As the earth trembles and splits beneath her, Miyoko must jump forward�or back.
THE EARTHQUAKE DOLL
|Publisher:||Story Spring Publishing|
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I started the book with the thought I would read it an hour or two each day. I ended up staying up until 2:00 in the morning to finish the book. I do not binge read often, as I rarely find a book that I am so engrossed in that I can't put it down. This book is that good. I loved the characters and insight into the culture.
The Earthquake Doll by Candace Williams This story is told through Miyoko's eyes as she struggles with profound cultural changes that no doubt swept through Japanese society after World War II. The philosophical and physiological affect on Japanese women struggling between traditional values and the modern freedoms brought in from the west was exemplified through Miyoko's story. The characters were well defined and the situations were believable. It was educational to see Japanese culture through Japanese eyes. We have all heard about how respected honor is to the Japanese people, but I doubt many understand the depths of the word as far as this society is concerned. I know I had to sit back to take it all in. This is a wonderful story and I feel enlightened having read it. The lessons Miyoko learned are as complex as her history and are summed up in these two quotes. “Obedience without choice is not honorable. It is merely survival, without grace or joy.” and “...to survive one must be able to bend without breaking.” The story is how she came to realize these truths. The plot moves at a good pace as Miyoko struggles with her dilemma of how to keep harmony with her family, friends, and most of all her own secret heart. Outstanding job for a debut novel, Ms. Williams. FYI: Ms. Williams has included a glossary of Japanese terms and family relations at the beginning of the book. I was a bit overwhelmed seeing these worrying I wouldn't be able to follow, but the author made it easy, it was a needless concern. My insecurities always jump to the forefront of my brain. I need to work on that. Format/Typo Issues: Nothing at all jumped out at me with editing or formatting. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** March 19, 2014