Title: The Japanese Lover
Author: Isabel Allende
Start Date: September 1, 2015
Finished: September 7, 2015
✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ /5
I won a copy of The Japanese Lover through Goodreads giveway, and this is my first time reading one of Isabel Allende’s work. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her writing so I was excited to dive right into this. Let me just start off by emphasizing how much I enjoyed this book. At first I was a little wary of coming across stereotypical aspects of Asians or Asian culture (I’m looking at you Rainbow Rowell and your atrociously racist representation of Park in Eleanor & Park. For a hilarious review of a terrible book, check out Angry Girl Comic’s thoughts on it here), but I was so relieved when I found none.
So what is The Japanese Lover about? Alma Belasco is sent to San Francisco to live a life of luxury and safety at her aunt and uncle’s mansion during the second World War. It is here where she meets a young Ichimei Fukuda, her relative’s gardener’s son. Alas, their friendship and romance are thrust into jeopardy as Ichimei is sent to an internment camp with his family. From then on, they reunite on and off. Fast forward to present day where Irina Bazili, a new care worker who begins working at Lark House nursing home, comes across the now elderly Alma. Together with Alma’s grandson, Seth, they try to uncover what really happened with Ichimei, and they attempt to piece together the secretive relationship between the two.
Note: This review contains no spoilers.