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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: The compelling Richard and Judy Summer Book Club winner
 

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: The compelling Richard and Judy Summer Book Club winner (Paperback)

By Copleton, Jackie

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When a badly scarred man knocks on the door of Amaterasu Takahashi's retirement home and says that he is her grandson, she doesn't believe him. But if you've become adept at lying, can you tell when someone is speaking the truth?

ISBN 9780099592471
Barcode 9780099592471
Published 18 July 2016 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780099592471
ISBN-10 0099592479
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Windmill Books
Publication Date 18 July 2016
International Publication Date 5 May 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Copleton, Jackie
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 213g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 645447

Description of this Book

'What and how much should I admit to myself, and to others? Should I begin with this acknowledgement: my daughter Yuko might be alive today if I had loved her in a different way?' When a badly scarred man knocks on the door of Amaterasu Takahashi's retirement home and says that he is her grandson, she doesn't believe him. But if you've become adept at lying, can you tell when someone is speaking the truth? Amaterasu knows her grandson and her daughter died the day the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki; she searched for them amongst the ruins of her devastated city and has spent years burying her memories of that brutal summer. So this man is either a miracle or a cruel trick. The stranger forces Amaterasu to revisit her past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance, the fierceness of a mother's love. For years she has held on to the idea that she did what she had to do to protect her family...but now nothing seems so certain. We can't rewrite history, but can we create a new future? Set against the dramatic backdrop of Nagasaki before and after the bomb, A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is about regret, forgiveness and the exquisite pain of love.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Like Snow Falling on Cedars and The Reader, here is one of those rare life opportunities to look again at ourselves, and forgive, achieved with striking style, an unflinching eye and through a clever narrative. Brava Jackie Copleton. -- Mary-Rose Maccoll, author of IN FALLING SNOW An exceptional tale of a family in crisis ... at once intimate and sweeping, profoundly subtle and yet remarkably affecting, the story reminds the reader that public catastrophe interrupts myriad smaller, but no less devastating, private troubles, magnifying their consequences and obstructing their resolution. This is a mesmerizing, heart-wrenching story of love and regret, but ultimately, and most assuredly, the healing generosity of hope. I couldn't put it down. I read the end on an airplane, and had to hide my tears from the other passengers. -- . -Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jackie Copleton lived in Nagasaki and Sapporo where she taught English before returning to England and becoming a journalist. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is her first novel, and was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club.

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