The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

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In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family, like thousands of other Japanese Americans are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco's charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Title:The Japanese Lover
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781501116971
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  • Brina

    I fell in love with Isabel Allende's writing when I was in high school. I still remember the first sentence of the first book I ever read of her's: "Barrabas came to us by sea". At the time Allende wr...

  • Angela M

    4.5 stars .At its core , this is a love story that spans decades, but it is about so much more . It's about surviving, about aging, about forbidden love , about the depth of caring and friendship that...

  • Julie

    Oh, I haven't so agonized over a review in such a long time. Here's the thing. There is a part of me that wondered, "If this wasn't Isabel Allende, would this book ever have been published?" It's page...

  • Nan Williams

    Was this novel really written by the same woman who thrilled me with "Island beneath the Sea," "Zorro," "Portrait in Sepia," "Daughter of Fortune," "House of the Spirits?" Somehow I find that hard to ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Imagine for a moment ......being 8 years old. My 8 year old memory includes loss. My father and both grandparents were no longer living. That 8 year old memory includes loss of the new custom home my ...

  • Ann

    Interesting story idea, but too many disjointed and melodramatic plot lines, too much telling vs. showing, and totally lacking in the lyrical prose of some of her earlier books. This one felt formulai...

  • Esil

    When I started reading Isabel Allende's The Japanese Lover, I liked it well enough but I wasn't feeling anything special. I think I was suffering a bit from the high expectations that come with readin...

  • Karen

    I really liked this book. It's about friendship, love, and aging with many touching relationships.(I also learned about how the Japenese Americans were sent away to interment camps after the bombing o...

  • Candi

    3 stars"We are all born happy. Life gets us dirty along the way, but we can clean it up. Happiness is not exuberant or noisy, like pleasure or joy; it's silent, tranquil, and gentle; it's a feeling of...

  • Jen

    Anyone who has read Allende recognizes her talent for narratives that transcend time, love and cultures across generations. In this novel, there are two stories entwined: one of eternal love told by A...