Fifty Words for Rain

Fifty Words for Rain

From debut author Asha Lemmie, a sweeping, heartrending coming-of-age novel about a young woman's quest for acceptance in post–World War II Japan.

Kyoto, Japan, 1948. "If a woman knows nothing else, she should know how to be silent. . . . 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 shameful skin.

The illegitimate child of a Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, Nori is an outsider from birth. Though her grandparents take her in, they do so 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 for what it is, despite her natural intellect and nagging curiosity about what lies outside the attic's walls. But when chance brings her legitimate older half-brother, Akira, to the estate that is his inheritance and destiny, Nori finds in him the first person who will allow her to question, and the siblings form an unlikely but 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 try to break free.

Title:Fifty Words for Rain
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524746360
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    Fifty Words for Rain Reviews

  • Michelle

    I wanted to love this book but came away from it unsatisfied and disappointed. It seems that I am in the minority on this as most readers seem to love it. I have a lot of personal knowledge of Japan b...

  • ?Misericordia? ?????? ????

    There are 50 words for rain, as Nori says to Akira once. Rain is a big deal for her:Q:“I like rain.”... “That’s ridiculous. Nobody likes rain. Nobody ever says, ‘I wish it weren’t so sunny...

  • Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    There are so many people who grew up with hardship covering their entire lives. In the book, Fifty Words for Rain, by debut author, Asha Lemmie, we meet a young Japanese girl. The time period is after...

  • Jen

    I could easily come up with 50 words to describe this coming of age story and how it made me feel.Instead I’ll do it in a few that quickly come to mind: Traumatic. Enraging. Stunning. Enduring. Epic...

  • Sara

    If you enjoy cheesy soap operas with twists and turns that defy belief, then this is your book. It reads smoothly for the most part and has all the elements of human emotions that the author can fit i...

  • Ellen

    Noriko is the product of a Japanese woman and African American man, born in Japan after WWII. After being dropped off at her grandmother’s house, Nori doesn’t understand why she has been abandoned...

  • Bkwmlee

    4.5 starsThis book was very nearly a 5 star read for me – that is, until the last 10 pages or so when I got to the ending, which frustrated me so much that my first reaction was wanting to throw the...

  • AltLovesBooks

    First, thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This book is very reminiscent of other books I've read in the past, Flowers in the Attic comes to mi...

  • momreadsbooksinbtwn

    What an amazing read! How is this Asha Lemmie’s debut novel? I seriously could not put it down, the fastest and best read all year for me! It was such a beautiful and honest portrayal of Japanese cu...

  • Candace Worrell

    The book was absolutely riveting; I read it in two days and any time not spent reading it was spent thinking about it. The ending stunned me, angered me, made me weep, and made absolute sense....