Title: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Author: Jackie Copleton
Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: May 2016
Thank you to the publisher and TBC who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A beautifully written and moving tale about a time in history I knew very little about. I thought the back and forth between the past and present (through letters and diary entries) worked very well here. A difficult read at times, the unimaginable horror and anguish of what happened in Nagasaki in 1945 is palpable.
The secrets and lies that tore Amaterasu's relationship with her daughter apart are told with great skill and believability. Is the badly scarred man who turns up at her door 40 years after the bomb really her long dead grandson? Or has Sato delivered one last twist of the knife to the already broken Amateruso?
A book unlike any other I have read, 'A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding' is an emotionally charged and unsettling story that will stay with me for a long time to come. A recommended 4 stars.