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The Gods of Heavenly Punishment: A Novel
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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“Showcases war’s bitter ironies . . . as well as its romantic serendipities.”—Vogue In this evocative and thrilling epic novel, fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, child of Japan’s New Empire, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on a March night when American bombers shower her city with napalm—an attack that leaves one hundred thousand dead within hours and half the city in ashen ruins. In the days that follow, Yoshi’s old life will blur beyond recognition, leading her to a new world marked by destruction and shaped by those considered the enemy: Cam, a downed bomber pilot taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army; Anton, a gifted architect who helped modernize Tokyo’s prewar skyline but is now charged with destroying it; and Billy, an Occupation soldier who arrives in the blackened city with a dark secret of his own. Directly or indirectly, each will shape Yoshi’s journey as she seeks safety, love, and redemption.
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An older one from my bookshelf

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DebinHawaii
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#ReadingResolutions #tragic

Books centered on the war are usually tragic and this one, set during WWII, focusing fire-bombing of Tokyo in 1945 and centered around Yoshi, a fifteen-year-old Japanese girl, is no exception.

This book and especially this quote/excerpt from it have stayed with me as I think it sums up the tragedy and some of the unanswered questions surrounding war.💔

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DebinHawaii
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For @Liberty 's #GIVEAWAYHISTORICAL This is one of my favorite WWII historical novels but not many people seem to know about it. At its center is the firebombing of Tokyo in 1945 and a group of both Japanese and American characters. Have tissues ready. 😰😥😭

Cinfhen Never heard of it...will stack based on your recommendation💚 2y
Melissa_J I really liked this one, too @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Good to know @Melissa_J 🤗 2y
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DebinHawaii @Melissa_J @Cinfhen I like WWII stories with different perspectives and/or help me learn about events I don't know as much about like this one. 📚👍 2y
Bluebird Sound interesting. I've read lots of historical fiction set during WWII, but little about Japan. Stacked, thanks! 2y
TricksyTails I've not heard of this. I love all WWII related stories. I can't wait to get this! 2y
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DebinHawaii
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Day22 #feistyfeb #allthefeels I could probably name books that gave me all the feels for days, but here are three, lesser-known books that had me at the level of ugly crying more than once--perhaps the highest praise I can give for feeling all the feels. 😭😭😭 I would happily recommend any of these for #recommendsday as well. Tagging the two untagged below. 😩😭😱😦😤😖😢

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