Historical fiction done well –Β The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake

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Post-war Japan is occupied by America, and everyone’s world has changed. In the middle of the chaos General MacArthur invites the populace to write to him with any problems they have, and the letters pour in. Amongst them a letter from Fumi, translated by her Canadian-Japanese friend Aya, about her lost sister. Gradually people of all different backgrounds get pulled into the story and the hunt for Fumi’s big sister.

This book manages at once to portray a snapshot of Japanese history and also be compelling reading. I loved the sense of the moment in time that built up through all the different character’s viewpoints, and their individual stories as a part of the whole story of the nation. This is historical fiction done very well!