Fifty Words for Rain

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie Book Summary

Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller!
 
From debut author Asha Lemmie,  “a lovely, heartrending story about love and loss, prejudice and pain, and the sometimes dangerous, always durable ties that link a family together.”—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

Kyoto, Japan, 1948. “Do not question. Do not fight. Do not resist.”

Such is eight-year-old Noriko “Nori” Kamiza’s first lesson. She will not question why her mother abandoned her with only these final words. She will not fight her confinement to the attic of her grandparents’ imperial estate. And she will not resist the scalding chemical baths she receives daily to lighten her skin.

The child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Her grandparents take her in, only to conceal her, fearful of a stain on the royal pedigree that they are desperate to uphold in a changing Japan. Obedient to a fault, Nori accepts her solitary life, despite her natural intellect and curiosity. But when chance brings her older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him an unlikely ally with whom she forms a powerful bond—a bond their formidable grandparents cannot allow and that will irrevocably change the lives they were always meant to lead. Because now that Nori has glimpsed a world in which perhaps there is a place for her after all, she is ready to fight to be a part of it—a battle that just might cost her everything.

Spanning decades and continents, Fifty Words for Rain is a dazzling epic about the ties that bind, the ties that give you strength, and what it means to be free.

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie Book Reviews

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- Sad and depressing4 star

Interesting insights into Japanese culture, but a very dark book. I kept reading hoping for a happy ending, but...

- Brb crying!5 star

What an amazing book! I can’t remember the last time I read something that touched me so much I couldn’t stop crying. The writing is heartbreakingly beautiful. The characters are portrayed so vividly - they’re almost life like, and it feels as if I’ve known them in a past life. Thank you Asha!

- Beautiful and haunting5 star

It is a tale I will keep close to my heart for many years.

- Wonderful read!5 star

This book has been among my most favorite I have ever read! Every page had me constantly hooked and loved every moment of reading it! I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested and I hope there can be a continuation to this story!

- What a Journey5 star

I could not put this book down! I could see everything like a movie because her writing style is excellent. I was not ready for the book to end and I hope there will be a volume 2. It was that good!

- Sad deep story...4 star

I read this book fairly quickly (well within a week) and it was a very good read. It’s difficult to find a book to keep your attention sometimes but this book, i couldn’t put down. The main character Nori is an amazing having to go what she does and as the story progresses, new characters begin to shape around her. Then i got to the last part of the book, all the intensity just floundered and although i do like the book, i wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. It just seemed flat from the parts before it being so intense. Regardless of my thoughts on the ending, i would recommend this read. It will get you deep in sadness in some parts but good books always convey a great emotion inside a reader and this but did so for me.

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