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The Woman in the White Kimono

Written by: Ana Johns
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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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 great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation - one that calls into question everything she understood about him, her family and herself. Setting out to learn the truth behind the letter, Tori’s journey leads her halfway around the world to a remote seaside village in Japan, where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

©2019 Ana Johns (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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one of the best books I have listened to. the narrator bought the the story to life.

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  • Nancy San Jose, CA
  • 2019-08-04

Lovely story but narrator annoying

I liked this book...it is written beautifully. However, the narrator who voiced the American daughter (Tori) was very annoying to me. Just my personal feeling, but I found her to be very dramatic and pretentious—especially during emotional scenes. I just didn’t find the crack in her voice or emotions to be genuine. Her voice imitations of her father and other male characters were cringe-worthy (I physically cringed). Again, just my perception. Overall, the book was well written and i enjoyed it...perhaps not audio form, though.

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  • Eric Nakahara
  • 2020-01-25

Good story, narration ?

Good overall story, so I rated a 4. I rated performance low due to the narrator. There were actually times I hit fast forward to get through the overly emotional, high pitched and breathy reading. There were too many sections read like this that could have been read a little less dramatically. I would recommend this book to friends to read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-16

Amazing!!

Heartwrenching and beautiful story filled with highs and lows. Too many similarities with my own father's story.