by Mitchell Hagerstrom (Goodreads Author)
In the sparse style of a classic pillow book, Miss Gone-overseas is a chronicle of wartime life that doesn't focus on the guns or bombs or military depredations, but on the pedestrian life of a lower-class Japanese woman as she reflects on the turmoil around her. Set on a lush tropical island during World War II, the book opens and ends with separations that become beginni...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Tiny TOE Press
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A very interesting perspective, that of a woman sold into prostitution and brought to a Japanese colony on a tropical island in the Pacific, during the final years of World War Two. Her spare prose nevertheless chronicles the privations of a war that Japan was no longer winning: no further supply ships means that they are increasingly dependent on a garden and fish a young boy catches; the move out of town as American bombs begin falling, first on military targets, then on the town; the human tr...more
from Francis X. Hezel, S.J., Micronesia Seminar: "For readers with any sort of interest in the Pacific, it's a natural. For those without such a background, it can also be compelling since the pathos doesn't really depend on island life, more on war time conditions in a Japanese possession. What was especially effective was the sparse entries in the diary, something so much in keeping with the characters in the novella. Well done!"