The Woman in the White Kimono

The Woman in the White Kimono

by Ana Johns


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Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them.

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man—an American sailor—and to marry him would bring great shame upon her family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she is cast out in disgrace, forced to make unimaginable choices with far-reaching consequences.

America, present day. Tori Kovac finds a letter containing a shocking revelation about her father—one that calls into question everything she understood about her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778308140
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 240,098
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

ANA JOHNS worked over twenty years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner, before turning her hand to fiction. Born and raised in metro Detroit, she now resides in Indianapolis with her family. The Woman in the White Kimono is her first novel.

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The Woman in the White Kimono 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Mostly set in the 50’s in Japan it tells a story that is beautiful but also sad. I couldn’t stop reading but needed many tissues when I finished. I won’t forget this book.
charleneC 7 days ago
Oh my gosh! what a wonderful book! I was captured by the first line of this heartfelt story. The story moves back and forth from 1950's to present day. The description of Japan is vivid. This story moved me so much. I learned so much that I did not know about children born to Japanese women that were half american. Such a sad situation for every to have been in. The heartbreak and loss. This book had me in tears many times. I could feel the heartache of the women in this story. A very bittersweet ending. I loved this book, I may even read it again!
Elena_L 19 days ago
I am always excited to read about Asian culture/history and I couldn't pass this one. THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO is a beautifully written story that follows the lives of Naoko Nakamura and Tori Kovac. Told in the perspectives of these characters in two different timelines (1950's and present day), this book explores Japanese culture, love, interracial marriage, ostracism/discrimination, family pressure and post-WWII reality. This book brings us back to Japan, describing its post-war reality in a intense and realistic way. I was fully immersed in the story and lost myself while learning more about this period of Japanese history. The relationship between Americans and Japanese is well portrayed and so true that led me thinking of the horrible consequences of WWII. On the other hand, the author allows us to have a glimpse of Japan in modern days, describing accurately this country with its advanced technology and way of living. The emotional and elegant writing made me flew through the pages and I found myself utterly involved with the characters: I enjoyed the love story between Naoko and Hajime; besides, Naoko's story had me tearing up. Although I was less interested in Tori's viewpoint since it was told in a slower pace, her search for the truth behind her father's revelation kept me fully engaged. While I was rooting for a different ending, in the end I understood Johns' decision of choosing a more realistic closing. This is a poignant historical fiction and inspired by true stories that I recommend for readers interested in Japanese and American history. [ I received an ARC from Park Row Book in exchange for an honest review]
Reader4102 19 days ago
This book is utterly unputdownable. It is an elegantly written book about a young Japanese woman, Naoko Nakamura, who falls in love with an American soldier in post-World War II Japan and the decisions she’s forced to make – and the consequences of that decision. At the same time, in alternating chapters, Johns tells the story of an American woman, Tori Kovac, whose father is dying. When she finds a letter addressed to someone in Japan who she doesn’t know and has never heard of, her curiosity is piqued. There is something about this book that makes you pause in your reading long enough to enjoy the wonderment at the fact that you’re reading a debut novel by an undoubtedly very talented author. The characters this first-time author has created are sheer genius – they are eminently so well-drawn the reader is saddened by the fact they aren’t real. This is a book that I’m sure will stay at the top of my favorite books for 2019. I rarely read a book twice - this one, however, will get a second, and maybe even a third, read just for the joy of read such a well-crafted book. If you only read one book this month, this year, make it this one. Thanks to Park Row Books and NetGalley for an eARC.