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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  11 reviews
[WARNING: THIS BOOK IS NOT A ROMANCE] 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 end ...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Tiny TOE Press
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Aaron Mcquiston
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I took my time reading this novella, not because it was difficult prose or that I was not interested in the story, but because I didn't really want to get through it. I didn't want it to end. Many have talked about the sparseness of the writing, but I find the sparseness to be a bonus to the story, particularly in the times when there is a shock, a jab in the stomach. These moments have more impact because there is a bit of a detachment: the narration being a step away from the action. This is a ...more
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Felt like I was reading a journal with entries of this Japanese lady living in the colonial era.When the Americans had waged a war with Japan.When life was so difficult.The lady chronicles what she went through living in Hifuma working in a brothel,the things they had to do,how the,fear of war had people living in terror not knowing if they will survive or not.Waiting upon the dreaded Americans to come-not knowing when they will strike or not.For me,I was glad when they moved to the countryside. ...more
Bonnie M. Benson
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book, especially the spare style. Hagerstrom tells a lovely story of a difficult time, letting the plain language convey worlds of emotion just under the surface.
Want to read more by this author.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Richard Weening
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The author delivers the story without sentiment allowing the reader to engage what is happening without interference. It is for me a very unique style. Of course the prose is crisp and flows well so the read is easy. The story is tough and commands empathy from those of us who have some control over our destinies. Mitchell holds back her own sentiments and lets me have these on my own. I loved the experience and have now had it twice.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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!"
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for the next installment!
Dorothee Lang
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
While reading around the world, I arrived at Mitchell Hagerstrom's book "Miss Gone-OverSeas" - the book is set in Micronesia, which is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The most "famous" of the islands is the Bikini Atoll, which was turned into a nuclear test zone. Micronesia's history is influenced - or rather: dominated - by colonization since the 15th century.

The book offers an unusual perspective that takes the reader back to the tim
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Disclainer: I read to this author when she was a child, when her favorite book was Chicken Little. She's come a long way since then.
Crystal Rafuse
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Haunting & heartbreaking at the same time. This is a quick read that will stick with me for a long time to come, I think. ...more
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Places I've lived have supplied the landscapes for my fictions, such as the small towns of Texas, or the warrens of our Tokyo neighborhood, or the beaches of Hawaii, or the wilds of Southern California, or the middle west of Missouri, or the exotic islands in Micronesia, or the streets and alleys of San Francisco, or rural Louisiana.

Writing became a daily habit during my late teens and early twent

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