One Hundred Million Hearts
By Kerri Sakamoto
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151010370, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 2004
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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From the award-winning author of The Electrical Field comes this riveting story of love, guilt, and complicity in the context of war. Miyo and her father, Masao, live a reclusive life together in Toronto, as they have since Miyo's mother died in childbirth. When her father dies, Miyo learns that years before he had secretly married and had another child. Driven to discover what else he may have hidden, Miyo travels to Tokyo to meet Hana, her half-sister. She finds herself drawn into Hana's obsession with learning their father's war history-and is shocked to learn that he was a kamikaze pilot. How did he come back alive when only death bestowed honor on a kamikaze? What did he do to survive?
Sakamoto skillfully weaves larger questions of guilt and obligation into an intimate, suspenseful account of a young woman and a country both confronting themselves.
Kerri Sakamoto is the author of The Electrical Field, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and was nominated for several others, including the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. She received an M.A. in English from New York University, where she also taught undergraduate creative writing. She lives in Toronto.
PRAISE FOR THE ELECTRICAL FIELD
"Spooky, atmospheric, unveiling its secrets with uncanny assurance, Kerri Sakamoto's remarkable debut becomes impossible to put down."-Pico Iyer
"Sakamoto is a master of repressed tension. . . . [A] writer to watch."-Chicago Tribune
"Hums with suppressed violence and delicate mysteries."-Los Angeles Times
New and Notable
"Sakamoto is a gentle storyteller. She gracefully, but skillfully, paints the story with words as deftly as a Japanese artist."
"This is a strong, rich, and often complicated tale. It''s worth the read."
"An elegant and thoughtful meditation on history, family, and personality,
"An elegant and thoughtful medititation on history, family, and personality, nicely packed into a tautly mysterious domestic drama."
"Sakamoto''s words seem painted rather than typed. Her writing is simple but not simplistic; each image feels painstakingly assembled. "
"... deft evocation of Japanese culture and… grave examination of a tragic episode in Japanese history."-
"Painstakingly precise…. Sakamoto is masterful in showing us the world through her [heroine''s] eyes."