By (author) John Burnham Schwartz
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Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
Book DescriptionIn 1959, a young woman, Haruko, marries the Crown Prince of Japan. She is the first nonaristocratic woman to enter the mysterious, hermetic monarchy. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress, Haruko is controlled at every turn, suffering a nervous breakdown after finally giving birth to a son. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman to accept the marriage proposal of her son, with tragic consequences. Based on extensive research, The Commoner is a stunning novel about a brutally rarified and controlled existence, and the complex relationship between two isolated women who are truly understood only by each other.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400096053
Paperback / softback
(204mm x 133mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Burnham Schwartz
Northwest Corner, Paperback (September 2012)
A moving and stunningly well reviewed novel of love, redemption and the power of family bonds.
Reservation Road, Paperback (May 2012)» View all books by John Burnham Schwartz
Reservation Road tells the story of two ordinary families facing an extraordinary crisis - a book that reads like a thriller but opens up a world rich with psychological nuance and emotional wisdom.
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Author Biography - John Burnham Schwartz
John Burnham Schwartz is the author of the novels Claire Marvel, Bicycle Days and Reservation Road, which was made into a motion picture based on his screenplay, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Connelly. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and his writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Boston Globe, and Vogue. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.
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