FIRE FLOWERS By Ben Byrne

FIRE FLOWERS: A lovely novel of postwar Japan.

FIRE FLOWERS: A lovely novel of postwar Japan.

Here’s a treat of a book for anyone who likes the World War II time period: FIRE FLOWERS by Ben Byrne.

Satsuko is a young woman living in Tokyo.  Her father dies in battle, her mother during the firebombing of her city.  She gets separated from her brother on the night her mother dies and Tokyo burns.  As if this wasn’t enough for a young girl to contend with, the man Satsuko loves, she’s told by his jealous mother, died in battle – but actually he didn’t.  Add an American photographer with a conscience into the mix of this trio of separated Japanese, one who wants to report of the mysterious “A Bomb Disease” that is afflicting those exposed to the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki but is being prevented from doing so by his superiors at the armed forces newspaper Stars & Stripes, and it makes for very intriguing reading.

It was fascinating to find out more about the Japanese civilian perspective in the wake of the war they didn’t win.  I could not put this book down!

 

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