By (author) Shaena Lambert
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Radiance by Shaena Lambert
Book DescriptionKeiko Kitigawa disembarks from a plane on a New York airstrip in June 1952, turning one scarred cheek away from the pop and flare of news photographers' cameras. On the surface, she is impeccably composed, an eighteen-year-old survivor of the atomic blast that destroyed Hiroshima and vaporized the people she loved best. But the committee who is sponsoring her visit to America for charitable reconstructive surgery want to crack that surface. America is obsessed with the atom bomb, and to achieve its political ends, the committee expects Keiko to become the poster child of the ban the bomb movement, peddling her story to the American public in all its searing, guilt-inducing detail. Daisy Lawrence, Keiko's suburban hostess as she recuperates, is assigned to soften up the girl and pry her story out of her. With McCarthyism in full swing and the Hydrogen bomb on the brink of completion, Radiance traces the story of the deepening relationship between Daisy and the girl. Wary manoeuvres, whispered intimacies and wrenching betrayals dance the two women - 'host mother' and 'Hiroshima maiden' - unbearably close to the burning stories at each other's hearts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844084739
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 3-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Shaena Lambert
Radiance, Paperback (April 2008)
* A riveting first novel that draws us deeply into the worlds of two women living in the shadow of the atom bomb - and into the zeitgeist of an America appalled and entranced by it own destructive power
Falling Woman, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Shaena Lambert
These stories showcase intelligent women with complex inner lives negotiating relationships with lovers, children and parents. Some explore the links and legacies that bind mothers and daughters, but here too is a rigid father and his impulsive son, and the dark currents of their grief.
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Author Biography - Shaena Lambert
Shaena Lambert is Canadian (once taught by Margaret Atwood) and lives in Vancouver.
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