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The Woman in the White Kimono: A Novel

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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 to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man—an American sailor, a gaijin—and to marry him would bring gre
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Park Row
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Patti
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I read an early copy of The Woman in White Kimono. The writing and the haunting story blew me away. Sometimes in novels with dual storylines, I find one character's arc falls flat. In Woman in White, the interplay between them was great and kept me turning the page. The characters are smart, strong, and real--even the ones I didn't like, unfortunately! I love historical fiction that introduces me to events or time periods I know nothing about. If I finish the book and start googling the time per ...more
Mary Lins
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“The Woman in the White Kimono”, by Ana Johns, alternates poignant personal stories between Japan in 1957 and 17-year old Naoko, and America present day, investigative journalist Tori, the daughter of an American sailor stationed in Japan in the mid-1950s. Of course their stories will connect, but exactly HOW their stories will resolve is what keeps the reader turning the pages.

Japanese post-WWII customs, culture, and atrocities, are beautifully and unflinchingly documented through Naoko’s harr
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Judy Huston
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished an early readers edition. Ana Johns takes us on a journey of love and life filled with all the challenges and vulnerability encountered when facing the unexpected as emotions pave the way. Her sensitive and brilliant writing not only opens our hearts and fills us with compassion at the impossible situation of this young cross-cultural couple struggling to share a life that seems beyond their ability to control but illustrates how our choices have a ripple effect through time and ...more
J.C.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've seen Woman in the White Kimono compared to Memoirs of a Geisha.

I've read both.

As someone who has lived in Japan, married to a Japanese, and watches plenty of Japanese TV, my personal opinion is that Woman in the White Kimono is so much better. The meticulous research that went into the time period is coupled with an amazingly authentic voice, where a glorious narrative evokes emotional highs and lows. It's a poignant story of love, loss, and redemption.
K. Lincoln
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
At the end of the book, the author reveals that this story of an adult daughter who discovers her father loved a Japanese woman (and in this book, conceived a child with her) while he was stationed in Yokosuka after WWII was inspired by her own father's experiences.

And in the parts where the character of Tori Kovacs in present day America uncovering the secret history of a father she now feels she didn't truly know as well as she thought, the emotionally-laden prose shines. Johns does a great jo
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Julia Satu
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book touched me on so many levels. The prose is lovely and evocative. I fell in love with her characters. And I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The fact that this novel is based on actual events broke my heart. This is a must read!
Janet
received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

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

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate would secure her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fa
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Walt
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. The Woman in the White Kimono shifts between present day America and 1950s Japan, taking readers through the journey of a loving daughter discovering her father’s hidden history after he has passed. Author Ana Johns has produced a wonderful story that expertly shows the challenges faced between couples where husband and wife come from different cultures. However, what really makes this story is its imagery. There are times when I’m reading ...more
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This was the author's first book and I am curious to see her develop as a writer. She's got the goods. An intriguing premise, looking at the dark past of inter-racial relationships and babies between Japanese women and American servicemen stationed in the Far East. Both the Japanese and Americans were opposed to the relationships and babies, so what happened? Johns uses this as a jumping off point for her story of Nakao and Jimmy's tragic love story. Decades later, Jimmy's daughter Tori discover ...more
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Ana Johns, a former competitive martial artist, studied journalism and worked over twenty-years in the creative arts field, as both a creative director and business owner before turning her hand to fiction. THE WOMAN in the WHITE KIMONO is her first historical fiction.

Although THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO is a work of fiction, it is crafted from real events and stories, including her own—or rathe
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