The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

By Jennifer Cody Epstein
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393071573, 382pp.)

Publication Date: March 2013

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In this evocative and thrilling epic novel, fifteen-year-old Yoshi Kobayashi, child of Japan's New Empire, daughter of an ardent expansionist and a mother with a haunting past, is on her way home on a March night when American bombers shower her city with napalm an attack that leaves one hundred thousand dead within hours and half the city in ashen ruins. In the days that follow, Yoshi's old life will blur beyond recognition, leading her to a new world marked by destruction and shaped by those considered the enemy: Cam, a downed bomber pilot taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army; Anton, a gifted architect who helped modernize Tokyo's prewar skyline but is now charged with destroying it; and Billy, an Occupation soldier who arrives in the blackened city with a dark secret of his own. Directly or indirectly, each will shape Yoshi's journey as she seeks safety, love, and redemption.



About the Author
Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Painter from Shanghai. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
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